Church History


Christ Church (Constantia) - When church bells ring out over the vineyards of Constantia there need be little doubt that the sound comes from Christ Church, the picturesque place of worship which has served the surrounding community for nearly 90 years, for it is the only church in the valley. Built in a corner of the Silverhurst estate in 1895, Christ Church, Constantia, has the picturesque qualities of an old church in the English countryside. Its walls are of rough stone and it stands in the shelter of a grove of pine trees.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, previously known as the Church of the Province of Southern Africa, is the province of the Anglican Communion in Southern Africa. Its primate is the Archbishop of Cape Town. The church includes dioceses in present day South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Angola, Lesotho, Swaziland and St. Helena.An agreement was signed in 1937 between the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSA) - now known as the Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) - and the University of the Witwatersrand, whereby the church's central record library was places on loan with the University. The library consisted of books, pamphlets, periodicals and manuscripts.

The richness of the Anglican Church's manuscript collection is due to the efforts of the provincial archivists appointed by the church to collect material and transfer it to the university. The first, 1937-1957, was Father Osmund Victor, followed by Canon Cecil Thomas Wood from 1958-1979. Mrs AR Kotze then took over from 1979-2000, until Carol Archibald was appointed as Provincial Archivist in 2001.

Church Liturgical Calender