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Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa



 


Notes: HILTON HOUSE.
One of the most architecturally important buildings in close vicinity of Grahamstown is the Georgian, bow-fronted farmhouse Hilton. It was the "height of architectural fashion" at the time and was built by Richard Gush of Salem for Alexander George Cumming (no relation of the "Eccentric Scot", Gordon Roualeyn Cumming, as far as is known) in the 1830's.

Cumming who was born in India in 1812 came to the Cape as a young man and married Elizabeth Damant Atherstone, sister of William Guybon Atherstone and they lived in the stables on the farm during the construction of the house.
The church on the property, St Peter's, was consecrated in 1877 and is the property of the Anglican Diocese of Grahamstown.

Hilton was built in the midst of the Frontier Wars and Lewcock writes that the house is "also remarkable for its complete disdain of attack, no attempt whatsoever having been made to protect it...It looks forward optimistically to a life of security and grace on the frontier, a state of affairs that was not destined to be finally realized until after the war of 1851."

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Latitude: -33.2508232, Longitude: 26.3526794


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Birth

Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Cumming, Charles Bellamy  26 Dec 1847Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I734
2 Cumming, Florence Cumming  19 Oct 1891Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I806
3 Cumming, Henry Gordon  26 May 1857Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I640
4 Hilton-Barber, Harry Atherstone  4 Sep 1867Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I808
5 Hilton-Barber, Hilton  28 Feb 1842Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I710

Died

Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Cumming, Alexander George  17 Nov 1881Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I728
2 Cumming, Alexander George  27 May 1910Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I729

Buried

Matches 1 to 7 of 7

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 Atherstone, Catherine Damant  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I699
2 Atherstone, Emily  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I700
3 Cumming, Ethel Grant  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I106974
4 Cumming, Fanny Atherstone  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I106976
5 Cumming, George  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I106975
6 Cumming, Henry Gordon  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I640
7 White, Bliss Annie  Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I635

Baptism

Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Baptism    Person ID 
1 Cumming, Alfred George  15 Oct 1882Hilton farm, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa I804

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