St James

Historical beach village

History of St James

Province; Western Cape
Coordinates: 34°07′08″S 18°27′33″E
Municipality: City of Cape Town
Area: 0.37 km2

St James is a small suburb along the False bay coast just South of Muizenberg, named after the Catholic church in the area, built in 1880. The suburb grew mostly from 1910 to 1950 when the railway line was extended towards Simon’s Town. The homes mostly built from stone, limestone and plaster date back to the colonial era. St James cottage, built in 1853 was owned originally by Abraham Auret. Here he helped prisoners to hide in the loft during the Anglo-Boer war en route to cross False Bay.

Vintage picture of St James Main Road

The postcode for St James is 7945


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Things to see and do in st James

  •  Whale watching in season
  •  Great views of False bay from Boyes drive.

Useful Numbers in St James

  • Police: Fishhoek, 021784 2700
  • Traffic department: Fishhook 021 784 2160
  • Fire: Fishhoek 021 480 7700
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity: 0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; Muizenberg 021 788 2675
  • Closest hospital; False bay hospital 021 7821121
  • SPCA: 021 700 4140

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