History of Sedgefield

Province: Western Cape
Garden route
Coordinates:34°01′17″S 22°48′12″E
Area:7.85 km2
Municipality: Knysna

Why Sedgefield?

Sedgefield was established on the farm Ruigtevlei which was granted by Lord Charles Somerset to the widow Meeding. When she died in 1878 the farm was divided up and plots were bought by individual farmers, but it was eventually bought by the famous politician, farmer, and industrialist Henry Barrington who named the area Sedgefield in honour of the town in England where his father was born. The town grew when the railway from George to Knysnawas completed in 1928.

Sedgefield or Ruigtevlei

Kate Maurice (née Barrington) inherited the farm Sedgefield from her brother when he died in 1901. She sold it in 1911 to Salmon Terblans who later sold part of it under the name Middelplaas but this farm was reincorporated in 1926 and the possibility of proclaiming a town was investigated. The name Sedgefield was among several proposed names. The fact that the name translated well to the Afrikaans Ruigtevlei and also that it was descriptive of the town’s environment was the decider. Families were attracted to the little town which grew and became the”new winter resort” as it was advertised in the local paper. The railway connection in 1928 added to its growth. The town only got a postal service in 1940 and the road was completed only in 1947.

Water issues and desalination

Fresh water in Sedgefield is supplied from the nearby Karatara River. A municipal water extraction plant is run by Sedgefield Municipality. Unusually dry summers called for a desalination plant which was erected in 2009 to make the town totally self-sufficient in terms of water supply.

The postal code in Sedgefield is 6573

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Things to see and do in Sedgefield

  • Famous Wild Oats Farmers Market (Saturdays) and Scarab Village (daily).082 376 5020
  • Spectacular beaches include Swartvlei, Sedgefield Lagoon Mouth, Myoli, Cola, and Platbank.
  • Water sports – yachting, windsurfing, board sailing, canoeing, water skiing, and wakeboarding.
  • Hiking trails. Bird watching. Horse-riding.
  • Lagoon, rock, and surf fishing and bass fishing.
  • Follow the Sedgefield Mosaic Route. Mosaics around town are part of a community upliftment project. The mosaic garden is a marine-themed Mosaic Park called “The Octopus Garden under the Sea”
  • Sedgefield River Mouth is a popular and safe place to swim.
  • Chumani Township Tour at runs from 10 am to 12 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm   Call Vusi at 0726808437
  • Paragliding at Cloud 9  083 455 9480
  • Barrington Pass

The postcode for Sedgefield is 6573

 

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Useful Numbers in Sedgefield

  • Municipality; 044 343 1640 / 044 302 6500
  • Disaster management – 044 302 8911
  • Police: 044 302 6702
  • Traffic department: George Traffic Department-044 878 2400
  • Fire: 044 349 2900  Fire chief 079-500 0220
  • Water: Knysna Municipality – 044 302 6331
  • Electricity: 044 302 6397
  • Ambulance: 10177 Provincial Ambulance – 044 382 5613, 044 302 8400
  • Post office;044 343 1638
  • Library:044 302 6519 / 20
  • Garden route magazine  “The post” 082 331 1434
  • Sedgefield Community Hall: 044 302 6327
  • Smutsville Community Hall:  044 302 6327
  •  Closest hospital; Provincial Hospital Knysna – 044 302 8400
  • Clinic;044 343 1117
  • Pharmacy; 044 343 1628
    SPCA:Garden route 044 878 1990
  • Sedge Animal Matters – Chris 084 467 5555
  • NSRI (Sea Rescue) – 082-990 5955
  • Schools:
  • Laerskool Sedgefield-044 343 1650
  • Sedgefield Primary School Smutsville0443432340
  • Seabridge school 071 391 8179.
  • Sedgefield Academy of Excellence 083 446 5508
  • Tourism 044 343 2007                 

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