oa South African Journal of Cultural History - The early suburbs of Grahamstown: an outline of their development

Volume 6, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



The form of the nineteenth century city has received much attention recently, in particular the origin and growth of the suburb. This study first looks briefly at the origins of suburban growth in London, then at the growth of this phenomenon in mid nineteenth century Grahamstown. Similarities and differences are noted and described. Finally a typology of suburban house types as found in Grahamstown is outlined and again some differences from similarities with contemporary English house form is noted. All the above is in the nature of a pioneering study.

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