Hospital Hill Blockhouse
The Hospital Hill blockhouse is situated on the edge of the town with a commanding view over the town and railway line. The design of the blockhouse is unique and quite striking. The blockhouse is readily accessible but one cannot enter it since the original entrance has been closed off.
Noupoort, as an important railway junction, assumed a major logistical function during the War. A relatively big camp was situated on the low hill directly north of the town. The site of the former camp has now been largely taken up by residential areas, although some areas remain open.
A small British cemetery is situated within the town cemetery. The cemetery is well kept, and well worth a visit.
Noupoort - A historic railway village in the Karoo
Noupoort was originally called Naauwpoort, referring to the narrow pass from Middelburg. A siding was laid out on the farm Hartbeeshoek when the line reached this area in 1883. In 1884, the Midland line (to Graaff-Reinet and Port Elizabeth) was joined to the De Aar line (t0 Cape Town). Noupoort became a major railway junction, and in its heyday, more than 100 trains passed through the station each days. But when steam trains were replaced by diesel and electric trains, and this employed ever fewer workers, and Noupoort declined.
Noupoort is today a sleepy but characterful little town, set against the d. There are still echoes of its romantic railway past and fine architecture. Through this site, almost all important Anglo-Boer personalities traveled, at some time or other. Thousands of British soldiers were transported north, and thousands of Boer Prisoners were transported south to POW camps and exile. They all gazed through train windows at the wide plains and steep mountainsides of the Karoo.
Railway history was an important aspect of the Anglo-Boer War. Join us at the Noupoort junction for your journey into the Karoo!