Walking Tours

OCTOBER 2021

WALKING TOURS ARE ON AGAIN!

Book quickly as only 30 spaces are available for each tour. Tours go into gardens and around houses, but not inside. Wear masks at all times. Bring water, wear hats and sunblock and comfortable walking shoes. Tours last between 2-2.5 hours

Please note:  Prices of walking tours will increase to R100 for members and R200 for non-members from the 24th October – virtual tours will remain at R60 / R100. Tours MUST be booked and paid for in advance and strict Covid protocols must be observed. MASKS ARE MANDATORY

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 17th OCTOBER

Walking Tour: Jacaranda Glory with snatches of War, Women  

The tour starts in Seymour Avenue on the western side of Parktown. The Anglo Boer War brought several of the new residents into the area and 1903 was a great year for building houses; some on spec but several owners commissioned Herbert Baker to design their homes. We’ll be visiting two very fine Baker homes – Kleine Schuur and Bishopskop  (Gardens only)  and taking in houses designed by Robert Howden, Aburrow and Treeby and Percival Hill Mitchelson, Waterson and Veale all of them Johannesburg Pioneers.

MEET     :               Franky Toussaint and Janet Coetzee

TIME      :               2.00 pm

PARK     :               Alongside the small park at the east end of Seymour Avenue.  The intersection with Jan Smuts Avenue has been closed off so approach via                                                       Loch Avenue into Frere Road and first left into Seymour.

COST     :               R60 for members R100 for non-members

 

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 24th OCTOBER

Walking tour – Jubilee Road with Jacarandas overhead and underfoot

The full panoply of Parktown’s eclectic mansions are on display on this tour. Starting at the grand Rennaisance mansion Emoyeni in red crick with white trimmings. Then to The Mount now the Sydney Bremmer Institute of Micro-Biology where the old and new share the stand but the house gets the view from the ridge. Then on to Penicuik for a very beautiful Arts and Crafts house by Solomon and Marshall which is a touch younger so has no coach-house only a motor-shed. Gables End is really fanciful with the witch’s hat above the front door and half- timbering which harks back Mediaeval times.

A glance across the road to North Lodge reminding us of Victorian castles in Scotland before we end with Dolobran a famous Parktown landmark. With lovely ironwork from the second Corne House and an onion domed cupola is everyone’s favourite,

MEET     :               Joy Campkin-Smith and Laureen Bertin

TIME      :               2.00pm

PARK     :               Emoyeni, Jubilee Road – Entrance to parking in Queens’s Road

COST     :               R100 for members and R200 for non-members

SUNDAY AFTERNOON 31st OCTOBER

PURPLE PASSAGES IN PARKVIEW AND WESTCLIFF

The jacarandas line so many streets in this part of Johannesburg that they certainly rival Pretoria.

Starting in Wexford we visit a rather special home with a surprising shape and we walk along this lovely street until the tour makes its way down to Parkview to visit two blue plaque houses and enjoy the architecture which covers a range of styles although it concentrates on the early ones of 1907 – the year Parkview was proclaimed as a township. Gables were definitely the flavour of that year although we come across the occasional turret too.  The personalities are mainly admirable from Major O’Hara who gave us Wits University in protest and the early land surveyor Auret Pritchard.   A not so admirable past Prime Minister almost lived cheek by jowl with a great lady of the stage. 

MEET     :               David Gurney and Lenska Tweedy

TIME      :               2.00pm

PARK     :               At the west end of Crescent Road.   Remember this is a gated area so the easiest

entrance is from Kildare

COST     :               R100 for members and R200 for non-members

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