East London buildings
Between 1890 and 1905, East London was awash with money.
The discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand in 1886 saw a major increase in trade through East London
which immediately resulted in the building of a number of stately hotels and commercial buildings, of which
the Beach and Deals Hotels were just two.
At the same time, East London was enriched with a new tramway service and the building of a town hall.
The Boer War thereupon witnessed yet another wave of wealth as merchants cashed in on supplying the
British troops in South Africa.
The suburb of Belgravia was thereupon developed and became home to East London's nouveau
riche. The Anne Bryant Art Gallery is just one example of this wealth.
14 October 2009
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