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Saxonwold - Grace and Grandeur 10h00

Sat Apr 20, 10:00 - Sat Apr 20, 12:00

Holy Family College


The JHF is holding our famous Mega Book Sale at Holy Family Convent on Saturday 20th April, so why not make a day of it by adding in a walking tour through lovely Saxonwold either before or after you browse?

Led by Ed Coogan and David Gurney, this gentle walk of about 2kms will take you along tree-lined streets that cocoon huge mansions with grand gables and lush gardens before ending at Edwin Lutyens’ imposing War Memorial topped by the Angel of Peace - a real sight to behold.

The suburb of Saxonwold was first laid out in the 1920s, centred around this impressive memorial that was originally dedicated to the men of the Rand who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War. The memorial was later rededicated to all the fallen of that war – Boer and Brit, men and women of all races and nationalities. 

As we walk, we’ll visit several grand mansions with magnificent gardens including the Johannesburg Art Foundation, which nurtured important artists such as William Kentridge, Dumile Feni, Helen Sebidi and Ezrom Legae. There’s even the tale of an unsolved murder from long ago in what was then still a plantation of gum trees.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to feel like Dorothy stepping into the land of Oz, join us as we cross over busy Oxford Road and disappear into the peace and tranquility of this truly amazing suburb. 

Please note: the tour begins at Holy Family College and will be run at 10am and again at 2pm, so you can choose which time works for you (please book your slot accordingly). Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and bring along plenty of drinking water.


Saxonwold - Grace and Grandeur 10h00
Holy Family College
40 Oxford Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
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