The Brickfield

 
 

Not many people know that just over the hill, a few hundred metres from Kings Grant, is the beautiful brick-wall-kings-grant-ixopo-weddings-accommodation-conferences-historyBrickfield; a one hundred year old, abandoned building overlooking a secluded dam.

For the Trappist Monks to succeed with their grand plan –  to build the spectacular St Mary’s Seminary and the St Isidore supply farm (Kings Grant) – a steady supply of bricks was needed.
 
For many years, the Brickfield was an important hub of activity, the place where thousands of red bricks were fired and used to build the Seminary and the nearby mission, now so well known for their grand red brick architecture.

50 years ago, activity slowed down as projects were finalised and there was less demand for bricks. The Brickfield came to an end and in time was abandoned, succumbing to the elements and seemingly forgotten.
But this would not be the end. Life is coming back and as time goes, more and more people are discovering this hidden gem.

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It has been used as a place to get married, with grooms and brides saying their vows beneath ancient wood beams and within redbrick walls. It’s become a place for friends and family to gather – a great site for a picnic or a braai and a few afternoon beers.

And while you’re there, why not throw a line? There are plenty of bass and barbel. The ‘birders’ love it too; with its resident fish eagles and crowned cranes, flocks of ducks and geese and cormorants.

Otters have also made the dam ‘home’ and occasionally a cow might poke it’s head through the brick field archways. If standing on the edge is not enough, Kings Grant offers Canadian canoes for those who want to get really close to the bird life or if you prefer, to simply hop on a boat and drift with the breeze.