I am researching the wife of the rector of St Mary the Virgin, Woodstock, between 1904 and 1908 with a view to writing a book about her. I have written to the church and UCT regarding possible information they might have but would welcome any additional information.
Annabel Dott married Rev William Patrick Dott at St Mary’s in 1905 - I have a copy of their marriage certificate. She went on to do some basic building work on the rectory, the Treaty House and a school linked to the church. I know there was a history of the church written by R R Langham-Carter (and that of course it had been designed by Sophy Grey the Bishop’s wife) but it is unavailable at any library in Britain, and I also know that there must be parish magazines for this period. I would really appreciate being directed towards any individual or organisation who might be able to help find out more about the Dott’s time at Woodstock. In 1908 they moved for a few months to the Theological College at Grahamstown and then back to England where she undertook a number of small and medium building projects as she moved around the country with her husband. Like Sophy she was self taught as an architect.
I am based in London with good access to libraries here (when not on lock down) and I have found out a certain amount online but of course archives in South Africa are inaccessible.
Lynne Dixon - firstname.lastname@example.org