Goodwood, Cape Town

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Goodwood is located in Western Cape
 Goodwood shown within Western Cape
Location within Cape Town
Goodwood is located in Cape Town
Goodwood is located in South Africa
Goodwood (South Africa)
Goodwood is located in Africa
Goodwood (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°54′40.72″S 18°33′02.13″E / 33.9113111°S 18.5505917°E / -33.9113111; 18.5505917Coordinates: 33°54′40.72″S 18°33′02.13″E / 33.9113111°S 18.5505917°E / -33.9113111; 18.5505917
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 50,285
 • Density 2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 17.9%
 • Coloured 37.9%
 • Indian/Asian 3.4%
 • White 37.9%
 • Other 2.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 50.9%
 • Afrikaans 35.0%
 • Xhosa 4.9%
 • Other 9.2%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 7460
PO box 7459
Area code 021

Goodwood is a suburb situated between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is 10 kilometres from the city centre and accessible from the N1, N7 and N2 highways.[2]

The town was established in 1905[3] and named after Goodwood Racecourse in England as the founders intended to make it a racing centre. A course was actually constructed, but after only one meeting it was abandoned.[4]

The first railway station was built in 1905, and today there are three within the municipal area: Goodwood, Vasco and Elsies River. These all lie on the Cape Town-Johannesburg main line.[4]

schools in the area[edit]

Coat of arms[edit]

Goodwood was a municipality in its own right from 1938 to 1996. In 1939, the council adopted a pseudo-heraldic "coat of arms" depicting an aeroplane, an ox-wagon, and a horse jumping over a fence.[5] It replaced this device with a proper coat of arms, designed by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, in 1958. The council registered the arms with the Cape Provincial Administration in May 1959[6] and at the Bureau of Heraldry in August 1993.[7]

The arms were : Argent, on a fess Gules, between in chief four trees with six leaves each and in base three pallets, Sable, the central pallet surmounted by a cogwheel counterchanged, a leopard passant, Argent and Sable. In layman's terms : a silver shield displaying, from top to bottom, a row of four black trees with six leaves each, a red horizontal stripe displaying a leopard, and three black vertical stripes with a cogwheel on the centre stripe.

The crest was a palamino unicorn issuing from a golden mural crown and holding a red disc between its forelegs, and the motto was Procedo.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Goodwood". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Essential Travel Info
  3. ^ "Goodwood". South African History Online. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  4. ^ a b "Goodwood". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. 5. Nasou Limited. 1971. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, E. (1980) Goodwood and its Story.
  6. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 2969 (1 May 1959).
  7. ^ National Archives of South Africa : Data of the Bureau of Heraldry

Further reading[edit]

  • Rosenthal, Eric (1980). Goodwood and its story. Cape Town: National Book Printers. p. 126.

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