Wednesday, 21st November 2018 4:08:54am

TOWNS - Springfontein


Mixed farming and the outdoor life are central to the lives of the Springfontein residents. A crucial link between Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.

Springfontein is an important railway junction. The lines from Port Elizabeth and East London to Gauteng converge here while another line runs west to the diamond-producing town of Koffiefontein via Jagersfontein and Fauresmith.

The town derives its name from a strong artesian spring on the farm Springfontein. Hartleydale, part of this farm, was chosen as the site for the new village in 1904. Municipal status was granted in 1912. Springfontein is situated 150km south-west of Bloemfontein on the N1. This towns history relates directly to the struggle, and especially to the hardships, of the Anglo-Boer War.




Shangri-La B&B
Wooden bird carvings and paintings.

Concentration Camp
This concentration camp was situated east of the town. During 1901 it was hit by a heavy snowstorm and many of the tents were damaged. Due to the severe winter the death rate were high in the camp. A total of 704 people, mainly children, died in the concentration camp.

Concentration Camp Cemetery
The graves of over 700 Boer and British victims of the Anglo-Boer War buried in the same cemetery.

Concentration Camp Children's Cemetery
There is a separate cemetery where unbaptised children were buried.

De Bome
The house next to the concentration camp site where Emily Hobhouse stayed during her visits to Springfontein.

Historical Anglican Church.