the cape west coast - hopefield

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atlantis
blaaubergstrand
darling
hopefield
langebaan
mamre
melkbosstrand
milnerton
paternoster
saldanha
st helenabaai
velddrif
vredenburg
west coast np
yzerfontein
HOW TO GET THERE
(GPS: 33,04S 18,21E)
Off the R27, 138km north of Cape Town.

TOURISM OFFICE
·  Tel: 022 723 1010
·  e-Mail

PLACES OF INTEREST
◊  Fossil Park

WHAT TO DO AND SEE
•  Wildflowers in season
•  Fynbos Gardens
ORIGINS OF THE NAME
Named after the two people who laid out the town, auditor general Major William Hope and a Mr Field.

POPULATION
1800

HISTORY
As with most towns in South Africa, the history of Hopefield starts when a church was established in 1851. That makes Hopefield the oldest town on the West Coast. The town, named Zoute Rivier, was officially recognised in May 1853 and named Hopefield.

The original chuch was inaugearated in 1879 and the current, enlarged building was completed in 1911. A management committe was elected by residents while the church council had jurisdiction until 1914 when Hopefield became a Municipality.

The old west coast road went through Hopefield and the rail link from Cape Town to Namaqualand, completed in 1903, passes through the town.
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