Simon's Town Historical Society


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

Created By: Simon's Town Historical Society


The origin of Studland reveals a compromise between the needs of sailors ashore and the needs of the authorities for a modicum of decorum in a seaport town. Immediately after the occupation of 1795 Admiral Elphinstone had shrewdly noticed a strategically placed wine house at the shoreward end of the landing jetty. Many of the seaman coming ashore never got beyond that and it seemed prejudicial to order. The owner was forced to close down and was offered a new site at a distance from the public wharf. The actual grant of land was made to Johannes Paulus Eksteen in 1797 for the establishment of a "Wijn Huys" that had to meet certain conditions. The wine house was to be built in a position with the entrance shielded from the main road to the military hospital in accordance with and agreement with Major Grimston.
The adjacent brewery, behind Yarra Yarra, built before 1830 was an adjunct to the wine house and the brewer lived in Studland. Studland was declared a National Monument in 1965 but has since been reclassified as a Provincial Monument. Recently converted into private residential units.


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


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