Archive for July, 2018

Posted on: July 11th, 2018 by Catherine Ronaasen No Comments

 

 

With us being in Woodstock for a whole year now (can you believe it!), we’ve started finding out not only about cool places to shop and eat, but some history about Woodstock itself.

Susannah has done some great research, so we hope you’ll enjoy her latest article below:

 

Woodstock has a long, interesting history and since we’ve been in Woodstock for a year now, we figured we would share some of the history of the suburb! Woodstock was originally inhabited by the Khoikhoi until the Dutch came in the early 1600s. Later, the area became the home to three various farms named Zonnebloem, Leliebloem, and Roodebloem. Pieter van Papendrop lived in one of these farmsteads in the mid 18th century. By the early 1800s, more families and civilians moved around the land near his house and the area became a town called Papendorp.

His homestead, Treaty House, was on the sea side of Albert Road. In the early 1900s, the house was destroyed, and a factory was built in its place. On the property resides the Treaty Tree, a tree where the Dutch signed over the land to the British after the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1803. The tree was also the site of slave sales and where slaves were hung in the dim days of slavery. In 1966, the tree became a national monument. It is located on the corner of Spring and Treaty Roads.

Woodstock used to have a beach, but it was reclaimed as land in the 1950s. In much earlier days, the area was quite fatal for sailors, and many ships were wrecked off of the coast due to the high winds, which are a regular occurrence in Cape Town. Now, Beach Road survives as the remainder of where the shore line used to be.

In the 19th century, Woodstock became a popular and fashionable seaside village due to the development of a railway line in the area. Woodstock was named Woodstock in 1867, when residents voted at the Woodstock Hotel to change the name from New Brighton to Woodstock. In the 1870s, the land was subdivided for cheap, low-cost housing which lead to the rapid development of suburban Woodstock. In 1881, Woodstock and Salt River were separated, and Woodstock became the third largest suburb in the Cape Town area. By 1904, the area was home to 30,000 residents.

During this time, Woodstock saw a great industrial push that changed the character of the area drastically. Even now many stores and businesses are in old factories. The area stayed integrated during the Apartheid era. Due to this, many people moved to the area in the 1970s and 1980s, paving the way to the urban renewal that is now a strong part of Woodstock’s charm and identity.

Crime became an issue in the late 20th century as the area had lost the status it had once had when it was a seaside resort in the mid 19th century. In recent years, young professionals have taken advantage of the cheaper, Victorian real estate and many trendy restaurants have taken up residency in the area. In addition, many furniture showrooms, art galleries, and businesses have moved into old abandoned buildings as well as revamped warehouses.

Now, many small businesses are calling Woodstock home, including us! A beautiful, unique, trendy area. We are happy to be part of the Woodstock community.

Sources

I Love Woodstock. History. Retrieved from http://www.ilovewoodstock.co.za/area-history-2/

Wikipedia. (2018, June 1). Woodstock, Cape Town. Retrieved June 28, 2018, from             https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock,_Cape_Town

Posted on: July 2nd, 2018 by Catherine Ronaasen No Comments

Following on from our last blog, where Susannah shared with us her favourite Streetwires products, and keeping to the theme of shopping, Susannah now lets us in on some hidden gems in our neighbourhood that you should include in a visit when you come to us.

Enjoy her words below:-

There are many great boutiques and cafes to explore while you’re on Albert Road, the main drag of Woodstock where we are located. This list of places is organized so that you begin at the traffic circle and keep on heading West towards Cape Town!

 

  1. Junk and Disorderly is a vintage clothing store that opened up a little more than a week ago and is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for some unique vintage clothes. The owner is quite nice and the whole place is accented with bright pink walls. There’s groovy pants, perfect sweaters, and bright and bold jackets to choose from. A good place to go and stock up on some winter clothes! 364 Albert Rd Woodstock, Cape Town 7915

2. Captain Kirwin’s coffee is one of my favorite coffee places in Cape Town. It’s located in the Woodstock Co-Op, not too far from Streetwires! The whole place is pirate themed and yes, you will be asked to wear a pirate hate for a photo with the barista. Captain Kirwin is also quite friendly and if you’re looking to learn a little more about the area, he’ll be happy to chat! There is also art and old-school comic books for sale, so you can peruse with your latte and enjoy a peaceful, laid-back afternoon. 363 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town 7925

3. While you’re at the Co-Op you should go upstairs and visit Uzani, a beautiful clothing boutique. She makes all of the pieces herself and they’re all quite colourful and pretty. If you have an idea for something too and don’t see it in her shop, she does commission work and is quite patient! Buy yourself a dress and your friend a necklace, it’s all hand-made and unique to Uzani! 363 Albert Rd Woodstock, Cape Town 7925

4. You can continue west until you come across Tribe Coffee Roasting and Cafe. They have coffee, beer, wine, freshly squeezed juices, avocado toast, eggs benedict, brownies –  basically anything you could ask for! There’s free wifi and the place is just beautiful. Spend an afternoon decompressing or getting some work done and enjoy another cup of Joe while you’re at it! The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915