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THE PEPPERPOT

THE PEPPERPOT
THE PEPPERPOT
THE PEPPERPOT
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Phone: +27-23-5711265
Location: Fraserburg

 

This hexagonal structure, unique in South Africa, has become the symbol of Fraserburg.    

The pepperpot is situated on the Market Square in the middle of town. It is approximately 28 feet (9 metres) in height, of stone construction and stands on broad foundations.  

In earlier years there was a bell in the tower and the crossbar on which the bell hung can still be seen.  

The Pepperpot was designed by Rev CA Bamberger, the first minister in the village. It was built in 1861 by Adam Jacobs.  

The building served as the Magistrate’s private office, the Market Master’s office and also the first library. The Town Clerk administrated the town from here and it also served as council chamber when the village attained Municipal status in 1862.  

When the municipality moved to other premises, the Pepperpot was used as Public Library, School Board Office and storeroom respectively. At one time the assistant Rev Van Schalkwyk used it as a study.  

It is clear that in designing the Pepperpot, Rev Bamberger was influenced by architecture seen on the continent as he received his theological training in Germany. The resemblance is that of a pavilion of the Berogne period of that century with bowed lines.  

The Pepperpot was proclaimed a National Monument on 29 October 1971. The proclamation appeared in the Government Gazette of 1959.  

May the Pepperpot’s bell continue to toll far into the future, its resonant tones reminding everyone of the beating of Fraserburg’s warm heart! 

THE PEPPERPOT
CONTACT DETAILS
Phone: +27-23-5711265
Location: Fraserburg