Welcome to Grahamstown

Yet its genteel conservatism and English prettiness belie a bloody history; the Cape Frontier Wars, fought locally between European settlers and the Xhosa, continued for most of the 19th century. Once rulers of the region, the Xhosa were defeated by British and Boer forces after a fierce struggle.

Socially, while the university students dominate the town, packing out pubs and bars, artists and alternative spirits are settling here and, as the population ages, a more sophisticated side is developing.

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