A porch and a steeple ‒ the his­tory of Clum­ber Church

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Photo: Sup­plied Clum­ber Church, out­side Bathurst on the Shaw Park road cel­e­brates its 150th year an­niver­sary this year. The main cel­e­bra­tions, which also co­in­cide with the ren­o­va­tions to the church, take place from 20 to 22 Oc­to­ber. Lead­ing up to these, Gro­cott's Mail has been pub­lish­ing a se­ries by Courteney Ge­orge Brad­field on the church's fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory. This is the third and fi­nal part.

With the con­gre­ga­tion in­creas­ing, and the Church be­ing in a poor state, the erec­tion of a new Clum­ber Church had to be con­sid­ered. In July 1860 with Pur­don Smailes in the Chair it was passed that a Church of 45 feet by 20 feet should be built.

In July 1866 it was de­cided to in­cor­po­rate a ten foot by six foot porch as well as a steeple. On 11 July 1866 Ge­orge Wood MLC laid the foun­da­tion stone. Plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions were done by Ge­orge Jarvis, a draughts­man from Port Al­fred.

The church was to have three win­dows on each side and stone walls of 14 feet high.

This height was in­creased to 16 feet in Septem­ber 1866. Bris­lin and Mack ten­dered £162-15-0 for the ma­sonry, plas­ter­ing and ma­te­ri­als and an ex­tra £2-5-0 for the in­creased wall heights.

Charles Poul­ton ten­dered £90 in­clud­ing ma­te­ri­als,for car­pen­try of the roof, floor, ceil­ing doors and win­dows. In Novem­ber 1866 he also ten­dered 2s/6d each for the mak­ing of the yel­low­wood pews. In June 1916 a Vestry was added at a cost of £320.

Opened in Novem­ber 1867, the church and school were pro­claimed Na­tional Mon­u­ments on 23 Novem­ber 1980. The South African Her­itage

Re­source Agency has granted the Clum­ber precinct Her­itage Sta­tus - SAHRA Iden­ti­fier Num­ber 9/2/009/0014.

• Courteney Ge­orge Brad­field at­tended Clum­ber Church, Clum­ber Sun­day School and Clum­ber School in his youth. A de­scen­dant of Granville Glas­son Brad­field, fa­ther, Ed­mund Ge­orge Brad­field, grand­fa­ther, Jonathan Brad­field, Great Grand­fa­ther, Joseph Brad­field, GG Grand­fa­ther and John Brad­field GGG Grand­fa­ther, all buried at Clum­ber. He is the cur­rent com­piler of the church web­site and Chair­man of the church com­mit­tee.

The Clum­ber Church.

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