Brackenfell is a well-known northern suburb of Cape Town. It is situated in close proximity to Cape Town, as well as the beautiful winelands of both Durbanville and Stellenbosch. The suburb offers schools, shopping centres, expert medical services and sporting facilities.
Brackenfell has a long history, dating back to the early 1900s. In 1901 a portion of the farm Kruispad was sold to George Henry Walton. Walton was a Scottish immigrant who named the area Brackenfell due to the dense ferns that grew in the area. Bracken means fern.
Two years later he sold his ground to Brackenfell Estate Granite and Brick Company. The granite quarry provided “setts” to pave quite a few side streets in Cape Town. The quarry was shut down in the 1950’s.
In 1904 a railway siding was built to transport the granite from the quarry to the main railway track. Brackenfell used to be a major road crossing in the early South Africa.