Cape Town audio tour: Harfield Village Before Forced Removals

Harfield Village Before Forced Removals

Walking Tour

20 mins

About the Tour

A father and daughter team up to document some of the oral history of Harfield Village. Then known as Lower Claremont, Harfield was a mixed race area before the Group Areas Act forced non-white citizens to move. At 17 years old, storyteller Carl Thorne was among them. Terry-Jo Thorne is a passionate local historian of the area. Share in the humorous and heartbreaking history of Harfield through the eyes of an ex-resident.

Tour Producer


Terry-Jo Thorne

I am an oral historian based in Cape Town. My work looks at heritage, stories, memories and identity. You can find my main heritage project at and in 2016 a large-scale community history project will be launched at

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Major Landmarks

Directions to Starting Point

Brad's Grill is a well-known restaurant on 2nd Avenue. From Harfield train station, walk down Stafford Street, right onto 1st Avenue and immediate left onto Devon St to exit opposite the clearly marked corner restaurant

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Places to stop along the way

1st Avenue Cafe, Twiggs Coffee Shop, Hampstead Road Park

Best time of day

Any time. Shadows are long in the late afternoon.


Harfield is a very safe area.


I really enjoyed this walk. As someone who's lived I Harfield and Lynnfrae for a long time it's fascinating to find out more about the area's history (both tragic and funny). Thank you! Also, love this app.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , almost 5 years ago

Hi I was born in Harfield village Bedford street we the arnold family then the williams family lived straight across from us thendown the road you had the frikkerdel yard and behind us was the delight and the johnson then tere was my uncle who had the corner shop on the corner of bedford and 2nd ave too much memories

Posted by Alwie Arnold , over 5 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Harfield Village Before Forced Removals