stadt-house, noun

Forms:
Also stad-house, and with initial capital.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Partial translation of South African Dutch stadhuis, see stadthuis.
obs.
A town hall or city hall; particularly, the Old Town House in Cape Town, formerly the seat of the Burgher Senate; stadthuis.
Note:
Used also in other Dutch colonies.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 41The next Day the Ceylonian brought the dead Lion in a Cart to the Guild- or Stadt-house of Stellenbosch.
1795 in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1897) I. 249The Stadt House was allotted to the guard, each captain in his turn for two months attending to the mounting of guard.
1804 R. Percival Acct of Cape of G.H. 110The high court of Justice is held in the Stadthouse, and the burghers also assemble there to consider questions relative to the regulation of the town.
1805 R. Semple Walks & Sketches 17The Stadthouse is a clumsy building of red stone, in the market square, about the centre of the town. Here the burghers of the Cape assemble on particular occasions, though it be now but seldom used.
1823 W.W. Bird State of Cape of G.H. 159In case of fire, even of a chimney, the bell of the stad-house and all the church bells are tolled.
1827 Reports of Commissioners upon Finances at Cape of G.H. II. 65The expenses defrayed out of the surplus of the market dues and other town taxes are those of the Somerset Hospital, the ‘Stadt-house,’ comprehending the salaries of the president, secretary, clerk and attendants of the burgher senate.
A town hall or city hall; particularly, the Old Town House in Cape Town, formerly the seat of the Burgher Senate; stadthuis.

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