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Woodstock is a major suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, and is one of the city’s most well-known, vibrant, and diverse neighbourhoods.
The area is given over to a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial establishments, and, due to its proximity to the Cape Town city center, is an important connection point for tourists and locals alike. In recent years, urban renewal has contributed strongly to the development and gentrification of the Woodstock area, making the suburb even more appealing to businesses and visitors, as well as young professionals looking for affordable but attractive living space.
The Woodstock area, like much of what would become the city of Cape Town, was originally inhabited by the indigenous Khoikhoi people, a hunter-gather tribe who prospered until the arrival of the Dutch in the seventeenth century brought displacement and disease, causing significant declines in their population. Under Dutch control, several farms were established in the Woodstock area, and its European population began to grow. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, the area came to be known as Papendorp, after Pieter van Papendorp, an early settler in the region.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, Woodstock had become integrated as part of the greater Cape Town area, and, having been connected to the railway network, was fast become a popular seaside suburb. During this period, shipwrecks on the beachfront (which stretched all the way to the Castle of Good Hope) were not uncommon occurrences. For a time, the suburb was known as New Brighton, before its name was officially changed to Woodstock in 1867, largely after the Woodstock Hotel that had been established in the area.
Woodstock’s growth increased dramatically towards the end of the nineteenth century, and it quickly became one of the largest ‘towns’ in the country. Due to the convenience of its location, the suburb became an important center of supply distribution for the British during both Anglo-Boer Wars, and began to develop into a major center of industry as well. During the twentieth century, much of the beachfront land was reclaimed as Cape Town expanded and developed further.
Woodstock is located just outside of the Cape Town city center, less than a kilometer to the east. The majority of its area lies between the Table Bay docks and the slopes of Devil’s Peak.
Woodstock is home to a number of notable landmarks both modern and historical. Among the oldest of these is the Trafalgar Park, which incorporates the Frederick William Redoubt, some of the earliest fortifications built by the Dutch. Several blockhouses on the slopes of the mountain can also be visited. The Old Biscuit Mill, Old Castle Brewery, and Woodstock Foundry are remnants of the early days of industry in the region, and have since been repurposed for other commercial uses.
Woodstock is home to approximately 9,354 people, at a density of around 3000 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is Coloured, with English being the most commonly spoken first language.