Victoria Bridge, Jeff Masemola St, Pretoria Central

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Condition
Good
Date of origin
Unknown, c. 1911
Previous names
None
Place
Where Jeff Masemola St crosses the Apies River
Street
Intersection of Nelson Mandela, Rissik and Jeff Masemola (formerly Jacob Maré) Streets
Town
Pretoria
Magisterial district
City of Tshwane
Province
Gauteng
Country
South Africa
GPS coordinates
25°45'17.28"S 28°11'50.04"E
Planning authority name
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Architect/Firm
Ingram and Co.
Project architect/Designer
Unknown 
Commissioning owner
Transvaal Republic
Current owner
City of Tshwane
Current occupant
N/A
Previous uses
None
Current use
Vehicular bridge
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[edit] Significance

The original Victoria Bridge was the first bridge north of the Vaal River when it was initially built in 1848. During the Anglo-Boer War, it was named after Queen Victoria by the British Military which was stationed opposite the New Teacher's Training College in Rissik Street. The structure has since moved twice, and the most recent bridge was built c. 1911. The current bridge is built over the abutments constructed during the Z.A.R. period (1888).

[edit] Current known heritage status

The structure is subject to Section 34 of the National Heritage Resources Act (No. 25 of 1999) as it is older than 60 years.

[edit] Known interested and affected parties

[edit] History

The first bridge here was built during the early years of the first white settlers in the Transvaal. The bridge was a wooden structure erected by Phillip Minnaar and was located a hunderd meters south of the current structure. Due to the expansion of Pretoria to the east, the wooden structure was replaced by an wrought iron bridge in 1887/88 by Sytze Wierda, government engineer and architect of the Public Works Department of the Transvaal Republic. The new bridge was built is 1911/12 by Ingram and Co., when the channel between the Victoria Bridge and Esselen Street was constructed.

[edit] Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces

The current bridge consists of a sandstone structure on a granite plinth. The balustrade consists of sandstone balusters reminiscent of those in Renaissance style found in Venice and Verona.  

[edit] Links

[edit] Sources

Andrews, T.E. 1986. A Walking Tour Through Pretoria's Historical Past, Apies River and Walker Spruit Trails.

Andrews, T.E. 1987. Street and Place Names of Old Pretoria. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik.

 

[edit] Photo's

Boasted ashlar
Carving scars

Decorative pillar
Towards Rissik Street

Rock-faced ashlar with filled joints

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