London House

Simon's Town Historical Society

London House

Cape Town, Simon's Town, Western Cape 7995, South Africa

Created By: Simon's Town Historical Society


Constructed in 1805/6 probably by John Osmond, as a ‘spec’ on land owned by his mother-in-law widow Rossouw who owned several properties bequeathed to her by her late husband Wylen Giddeon Rossouw. She sold to Stephen Buissine on 13 November 1807 for 12,000 guilders. The house changed hands more than ten times before being bought by Thomas Bull in 1843 - the first record of the use of downstairs shop as a pharmacy. On 13/03/1860 sold to William James Anderson for £1,000. It was named ‘London House’ by Edwin Turner who bought it in 1879. He lived upstairs and ran the ‘old bookshop with its old oil lamps and small windows, selling books & UK papers. His son was a photographer and his valuable set of glass negatives was left to the STHS by PL Green who bought the premises on 22/09/1953 and relocated his pharmacy from Runciman Building and named it ‘Green’s Apothecary’. In 1971 Arthur Musto a pharmacist owned London House, and sold to Patricia Inggs the current pharmacist in 1994.


This point of interest is part of the tour: Simon's Town Historical Society


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