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Heritage Weekend: Glenshiel - the Jewel of Westcliff

Sun Sep 10, 09:00 - Sun Sep 10, 11:30

Holy Family College


A beautiful terraced garden, replete with roses, leads up the slope to glorious Glenshiel - one of Herbert Baker’s largest and most successful compositions. 

Designed in an unusual butterfly shape and boasting plenty of warm koppie stone, this was the gracious home of Sir William Dalrymple, Lord of the Manor, and Lady Isabel, his glamorous wife (a former actress!). Their hospitality was legendary and just about every prominent visitor to Joburg popped in at Glenshiel.

The property was later bought by Major Gordon Haggie, who converted the stables into a home and donated the main house to the Order of St. John. It remains the head office of this noble organisation dedicated to first aid and community healthcare to this day.  

The tour will include the house and the stables, now home to members of the Haggie family once again. In the garden, we’ll also visit the tiny Tudor-style house built for the ‘Liberty Cavalcade’ at Zoo Lake in 1942. Finally, we’ll cross the road to see The Ridge School, established in an early Westcliff home by Sir Aubrey Woolls-Sampson and Lady Violet. 

Led by Brian McKechnie and Karen Curry. The bus will drop you off at Glenshiel and collect you at the end of the tour.


Heritage Weekend: Glenshiel - the Jewel of Westcliff
Holy Family College
40 Oxford Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
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