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HANOVER POSTCARD : Olive
Schreiner, pioneer of woman's rights in South Africa, referred to Hanover as the
"prettiest village I have ever seen". Hanover's unrivalled ambience is provided
by the "karretjie" people's donkey carts, pretty historical buildings, old
furrows, Schreiner's legacy, excellent pubs and accommodation for tourists.
THE TOWN IN A NUTSHELL
Hanover is situated on the N1 route between
Johannesburg and Cape Town. The town was established in 1856 on the farm Petrusvallei,
bought from a farmer called Gert Johannes Wilhelm Gous. Gert Gous requested that the town
be called Hanover, after his great grandfarther's town in Germany.
In 1876 when the building lots were laid
out, prospective builders wre told that houses must be built directly on, and parallel to
the edge of the road. Gardens could be at the rear of the house. Later, when people wanted
stoeps, they were allowed to have these encrouch on the road and pay one shilling a year
tax. Owners still pay for this privilege, raised to R10 in 1994.
Hanover is on the main route and the
town is a popular rest area for trucks and enables the community to take advantage of such
Hanover is also well endowed with qualified
construction industry artsans.
Like the other towns in this region, wool
is being exported to Port Elizabeth without being processed.
RESTAURANTS & PUBS
|Agora Crafts & Restaurant - Styger Street - Tel : 053-6430224 |
|Hanover Lodge Hotel - Queen Street - Tel : 053-6430019|
Halfway between Cape Town and
Johannesburg and Cape Town to Durban on the N1 route.
Good, clean, fresh and comfortable rooms
and old fashioned service.
Country House Hotel
Value for money rates
3 Darling Street Guest House
3 Darling Street, Guest House, is small
and intimate, a typical Karoo Victorian House furnished in traditional style.
We offer bed and full English breakfast
at very reasonable rates, and we also serve a 4 course dinner on request. We grow
our own fruit and vegetables, and pride ourselves on the quality of our meals and service.
|Momument, in cemetry where soldiers died in the Anglo-Boer War are buried -
Next to N1, opposite Agora Handcraft Centre|
|Furrows through the town gives an atmosphere of days long gone by. The furrows supply
houses with irrigation water from a fountain that has been running for more than a hundred
years without drying up.|
|Trappieskop, so called because of a series of steps, or trappies, built to the top, from
which one gets a panoramic view of the town. Situated in Market Street - Tel :
|Agora Crafts and Agora Handcraft Training Centre - Styger Street - Tel : 053-6430224|
|Anglican Church (1895) - Church Street|
|Dutch Reformed Church (1907) - Viljoen Street|
This perfectly maintained, beautiful building was designed by W.H Ford and completed
in November 1908.The clock movement and chimes were manufactured in Cape Town. (tours
inside by arrangement - Willie Matthee 053-6430017)
To the south of the church on the corner of Reyneveld and Darling streets is the
house used during the Anglo-Boer War as a field hospital.
|Hanover Museum, is housed in the first farmhouse around which the town was deveoped. It
contains a collection of historical articles from the district - Viljoen Street -
Contact Mrs Liebenberg - 053-6430038 or Mrs Kruger - 053-6430041|
|House of Olive Schreiner. Samuel Cronwright Schreiner, husband of author and feminist
Olive Schreiner (whose surname he assumed) was the first attorney in Hanover during the
Anglo-Boer War. The house they lived in is now a National monument and can only be viewed
from outside - Cnr Grace & Nuwe Streets|
|Methodist Church - Gouws Street|
|Mission Church. Built in 1863 and rebuilt in 1911 - Cnr Loop & Queen Streets|
|Monument. In memory of the boys from Hanover who died in the Second World War -
Market Garden - Loop, Darling & Market Streets|
|Police Offices. (1881) - Church Street - Tel : 053-6430002|
|To manufacturers of handmade shoes and articles, from sheepskin and leather. Selling
directly to the public - Tel : 053-6420194 |
SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
|Moria Primary School - Tel : 053-6430008 and Fax : 053-6430430|
|Ntlahlela Primary School - Tel & Fax : 053-6430451|
|Phakamisani High School - Tel & Fax : 053-6430398|
Also see : http://www.hanover-za.com