Initially the Presbyterians in Port Elizabeth could not afford their own church so they supported the “New Church,” an Independent Church, from 1853. This church was located at the corner of Main and Donkin Streets. Finally, in 1861 they were able to support their own church.
Accordingly, they built a magnificent Gothic style church in a prominent position on the hill which is visible from Algoa Bay.
Main picture: View of the Hill Presbyterian Church from Donkin Reserve
One of the little known facts about Port Elizabeth of Yore is that there was another church in Main Street apart from St. Mary’s Church, known by the highly imaginative name of New Church. Occupying Main Street between Donkin Street and Constitutional Hill, which extended down to Main Street in those days. This church was initially an independent church built by the members of Union Chapel.
Main picture: New Church is on the right looking towards the Town Hall. One is unable to view the Town Hall bracketing the buildings at the end of Main Street, as it did not yet exist. Continue reading