21 August 2012

Grahamstown : Commemoration Methodist Church

The next town we were visiting was Grahamstown.  It was less than 30 minutes to drive from Bathurst to Grahamstown.  We drove into Grahamstown and the first thing we saw was the Methodist Commemoration Church.  My husband saw the open door and we stopped for a look inside.
The foundation stone for this church was laid in 1845.  It is built in a Gothic Revival style and can seat about 1200 people.  The organ was installed in 1875 and is the 3rd largest in South Africa.  The original pew boxes are still in use.



















The simple benches in the galary were interesting.  Thousand of boys from Kingswood College carved their names into the benches over more than a hundred years.  In 1878 an officer was appointed by the church to control them but still the tradition continues.
The church has the most amazing stained glass windows.  I spend most of my time admiring the windows while husband read all of the memorial plaques.







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