History of Napier

Province: Western Cape
Coordinates;34.4754° S, 19.8961° E
Municipality; Cape Agulhas

Napier exists because of a tiff between two farmers.

Napier is a village at the foot of the Soetmuisberg. It was founded when an unresolved dispute about the location of a new Dutch Reformed Church resulted in two being built. One on the farm Langefontein belonging to Michiel van Breda and the other on Klipdrift the farm of Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl. The town of Napier was formed in 1836 around the church built by Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl on the farm Klipdrift.

Doomed gold rush

The settlement was named after George Thomas Napier who was the British governor of the Cape at the time. The church which was built is in the form of a Greek cross with a beautiful teak interior and a solid copper pipe organ.
One of the oldest buildings in town is the Feeshuis which was originally used as a slave quarter and then was used as a wine cellar.
At the turn of the century, miners searched for gold on the farm Hansiesrivier. They established the Napier Gold Mining Company which issued shares but little or no gold was found and the company was abandoned.
The town is known for the strawberries which are grown here.

The postcode in Napier is 7270


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Things to see and do in Napier:

  • The watermill  at the municipal offices
  • The sundial at the municipal offices was built by Danie du Toit in 1965 who built it just by meticulous observation. It is accurate within 30 seconds.
  • The Patat Fees is held in June  marketing@napierwinepatatfees.co.za
  • Kakebeenwa monument. An Ox-wagon monument on the main road, The monument commemorates the Ossewa Trek of 1838.
  • The Grootberg Hiking Trail is 8km, long and takes about 3.5 hours. Drive out of town on Plein Street and up along the gravel road. Park at the FM tower and head for Grootberg Beacon. Continue on to Sopieshoogte. Take in a view over the town of Napier. Turn round and return the way you came,


Useful Numbers in Napier

  • Police: 028 423 8000
  • Municipality; : 0284233231
  • Traffic department: Bredasdorp – 028 424 2440
  • Fire: Bredasdorp-028 425 1690
  • Water: 028 425 5601
  • Electricity:028 425 5604
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office;028 423 3281
  • Library: 028 423 3257
  • Closest hospital; Provincial Hospital: 028 424 1167
  • Clinic-028 423 3008
  • Pharmacy;Bredasdorp Primary Healthcare Pharmacy-028 425 1193
  • SPCA: Animal Anti-Cruelty League (Bredasdorp): 082 898 0787 / 028 425 2270
  • Schools:Protea Primary School-028 423 3563
    Agulhas School of Skills-028 423 3572
  • Residents assosciation
  • The postal code for Napier is 7270
  • Cape Agulhas Tourism Office: 028 424 2584[/vc_column_text]

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