Sir George Farrar’s South African Home

Sir George Farrar divided his time between Chicheley and South Africa, where he was Chairman of East Rand Proprietary Mines Ltd and an MP.  “Bedford Court”, his home in South Africa, was designed in Cape Dutch style by the renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker, and was located at Bedfordview on the east of Johannesburg.  

After his death, Sir George received a state funeral and was buried on a kopje overlooking his Bedford Court estate.  Unfortunately, his grave is now outside the grounds of his former home and is at risk of dilapidation and vandalism.

Bedford Court was sold in 1920 to St. Andrew’s School for Girls, which still owns the property and is rated one of the top girls’ schools in Southern Africa.