The History of Pinelands

“South Africa’s First Garden City.”

About Pinelands


The layout of Pinelands is based on the Garden Cities methodology of town planning by the British town-planner, Sir Ebenezer Howard. It was originally a Victorian era farm named Uitvlugt that had thousands of pine trees planted in it. The first houses were built in the Meadway area. The plans for plot 21, now 3 Meadway, were passed in September 1921 with building work starting directly afterwards. The first house was occupied in February 1922. The town was to be called “Midwood” but a suggestion by Percy Horne, the secretary to Garden Cities Trust to name it Pinelands, was accepted.

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In 1926, not many years after the first houses were erected in South Africa’s first garden city of Pinelands, the little Anglican church of St Stephen’s was built. The Governor-General, the Earl of Athlone, laid the foundation stone, with General Smuts present.

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