RICHMOND HOUSE – PORT ALFRED

Richmond House, on the east face of Wesley Hill in Port Alfred, formerly known as Cock’s Castle, was built in the 1840s by William Cock.

Today it still nestles in thick coastal bush overlooking the Kowie River. The rather grand entrance boasts an old pillar post box.

The gate is flanked by two VOC cannons.

The boundary fence hints at some of the treasures within.

This brass door knocker marks the entrance to an interesting collection of VOC (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) – Dutch East India Company – artifacts.

Such as a document box

And a tobacco jar

Some background information about this property can be found at http://www.theheritageportal.co.za/article/port-alfreds-historic-castle

 

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