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I was about to complete the Doornfontein post (finally took the balance of the pictures this week) but wanted to first post some pictures of the houses on the other side of the Harrow Road bridge or Joe Slovo Drive as it’s now known. There are only two houses left on Charlton Terrace which is what Saratoga Avenue becomes after the bridge. The Tudor house below was known as ‘Shelley House’ and was once used for housing visiting judges.
Next to Shelley House in the postcard above is the second St. Augustine’s Anglican Church (designed by Aburrow & Treeby). The first St. Augustine’s was originally in Height Street south of Beit Street and was built 1892. It was demolished in the 1970s and replaced with the Perskor Building (the headquarters for the media company founded by H. F. Verwoerd and publisher of Die Vaderland and Transvaler) which now forms part of University of Johannesburg. The second St. Augustine was demolished in the 1930s and relocated to Orange Grove. Part of Harrow Road and the block of flats, Charrow Court, now stand where the second St. Augustine’s used to be.
The house above is just after the petrol station at the slip road to Bertrams. It has a high wall obscuring the view and is currently a car wash. The shot above is taken from the back of the house on the Bertrams side.
Charlton Terrace was once part of land rented for James Sivewright from the Bezhuidenhout’s. It is named after John Charlton, an early mining pioneer, who lived in a small house in Natal Camp
One road above Charlton Terrace is Gordon Terrace. Here stands an entire row of old houses – virtually untouched. See Google Earth snap of all of them. They are far back from the road and difficult to get a good picture of from the street.
The house on the far left of the Google earth photo was No.10 Gordon Terrace and belonged to Rabbi Dr Judah Leo Landau (23 April 1866 – 26 August 1942).
According to the 1895 map, Saratoga once became Gordon Terrace. Oddly, there is an earlier map from 1890 (posted on the previous Saratoga blog and re-posted here with markings) that shows it leading onto Charlton Terrace as it does today with the above area named ‘Charlton Reserve’ with no Gordon Terrace at all. At some point Gordon Terrace came into being and joined Saratoga. At a later point Saratoga re-joined Charlton Terrace leaving Gordon Terrace one road back minus all the traffic.
Blue Plaques. St. Augustine. http://www.blueplaques.co.za/content/saint-augustines-high-school-boys [Accessed 12 August 2018]
History Matters. Pesrskor. https://historymatters.co.za/content/apartheid-inc-%E2%80%93-profile-racist-corporation-june-9-2010 [Accessed 12 August 2018]
Norwich, O. I, 1986. A Johannesburg album-Historical postcards. Johannesburg: AD. Donker
General text and background info: 12 Aug 2018
Additional photos added: 24 September 2018