Late 1930's
The church was built to cope with the expansion during the mid-20th century of the Claremont area which was being served by the 1850 St. Saviour’s church (pictured right) in Main Road, Claremont – ‘Sophie’s little church’ – designed by Sophie Gray, wife of Robert Gray, the first Anglican bishop of Cape Town, splitting off  the Milner Estate.  (‘The Flats Area’)

Fr. Desmond Wolfe, the assistant Priest at St. Saviour’s was asked to explore the possibility of building a church. On his recommendation, a Hall was proposed.  Ground for the hall was bought from Mr. Ditchfield who owned several plots in the area. The first service of the new community took place at Mr. & Mrs. Ditchfield’s house.

The foundation stone of the Church Hall was laid by Archbishop Derbyshire. It was designed by Wolgate and Elsworth and built by Van Zijl.  The hall served as a church on Sundays and with curtain across in front of the altar, it catered for all other activities including dances.

Fr. Wolfe was priest in-charge. Together with his mother he moved into a rented house in Lee Road, Claremont.

Fr. Wolfe was transferred to St. John’s Hostel, Cape Town. Arthur Roberts, the first secretary and sub-deacon, painted a picture of the church and presented it to Mrs.Wolfe for her services rendered.  The picture is now in the church vestry.

Fr. Dann arrived from U.K. and was appointed priest-in-charge.  The Parish continued to grow. Property at 2 Buchanan Road was purchased and became the “The parsonage”.  After his marriage to his bride from England, they took up residence.

Fr. Dann left for O’Kiep in the Northern Cape and Fr. Webb, assistant priest at St. Saviour’s was put in charge.

Fr.Tom Hugall (left) arrived from U.K. with his wife and moved to 2 Buchanan Road. He immediately set himself the task of building a church as well as promoting missionary work, expanding the congregation and fund raising.

The debt on the hall was fully paid. (It was serving the dual purpose.)

Christ the King was made a parochial district and thus independent of St. Saviour’s.  Both the hall and the parsonage were extended.

George Willis was asked to design a church to seat 200-250 people.

Princess Marie Louis, last grand daughter of Queen Victoria was persuaded by Fr. Hugall to lay the foundation stone of the new church in the presence of Archbishop Clayton and Bishop Lavis.

In December, Contractors McLachlan & Co. completed the building.  Fr. Hugall’s input in the design of the stone altar and the procurement of the crucifix and the carvings of Mary and Joseph (pictured right), testify to his devotion to the God he served.  The first church wardens were A. Bradnum and R. Gleimius.

Christ the King became a fully fledged parish.

Fr. Hugall became very ill and took long leave in U.K. also to consult other medical specialists.  Canon Blundell took charge while he was away.

Canon Durose was appointed to assist Fr. Hugall with his duties he could no longer perform.  He stayed for 2 years, during which time the Garden of Remembrance was established.

Fr. Jeremy Peake, a young priest from U.K. came out to assist Fr. Hugall, who was now in a wheelchair though still a great inspiration to the congregation.   Fr. Hugall was a priest the people rallied around and remember lovingly to this day.

Fr. Hugall died and his ashes were interred in the Garden of Remembrance.

Fr. Jeremy Peake moved to All Saints, Roodebloem.

Fr. Percy Clarke (left) came from Groot Drakenstein.  During his ministry he started a Server’s Guild and a strong choir.  Sufficient funds enabled them to erect a timber ceiling in the church after many complaints about the cold condition.

The Parish grew from 400 to 600 families. Financially the church became sounder with the introduction of a planned scheme.  It was decided to sell the Buchanan Road property, pay the outstanding debt on the church and take out a new loan to build a Rectory in Garfield Road.


The present organ came from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Rondebosch. (previously from St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral)  Christ the King accepted the organ when it was found to be in need of repair.  It was rebuilt, extended and then installed .

Lighting inside the church was improved.  Fr. Clarke’s health deteriorated.  Several priests came in, on a part time basis, until the arrival of the next priest.

Fr. A. Collins and his family arrived.