About the Friends

Who are the Friends?

The “Friends of Norscot” NPO was established to create awareness, help maintain Norscot Manor, establish the heritage and the integral asset to it serves, and bring the community together.  Within their first year, the Friends have registered “Friends of Norscot” as a non-profit organization, held three Community oriented events at the Recreation Centre,  successfully obtained Blue Plaque heritage status, and are now applying for provincial heritage registration. heir efforts have been in maintaining Norscot Manor and putting the Recreation centre on the map of Johannesburg as the invaluable heritage site and recreational service which it provides to the Fourways community and it’s surrounds.  The Friends have held several community events in the interest of Norscot and the community and have formally named the top section of the Manor “Ethel’s Garden” .

Norscot's Heritage

The Story of Norscot

Built in 1936 on a scale few could afford today, Norscot Manor was home of the Eriksen family right up until 1982.

It was in 1935 when the Eriksens had first seen the land to the north of Johannesburg, and Ethel Eriksen decided there and then “This is where I want to build my home”. She had been captivated by the glorious open view to the north, with the land sloping away towards the Magaliesburg Mountains, and by the superb sunset.

Norscot was ideally suited to lavish entertaining as well as the quiet secluded home the Eriksen’s wanted, making its mark in SA industry as well. Norscot’s name was derived from NORWAY where Ernst Eriksen was born, and SCOTLAND, the birthplace of Ethel Mary.

The sale at Norscot Manor was quite the event in Johannesburg of 1982, it was described as the “largest House Sale so far in the Southern Hemisphere”.

Norscot Manor now belongs to the City of Johannesburg, offering a Recreation Centre, City Library and other facilities.

Recreational Offerings

Norscot Manor Recreation Centre

In the heart of Fourways, set in a beautiful garden, with Cape Dutch buildings  dating from 1936, lies Norscot Manor Recreation Centrey. An integral heritage site of Fourways, Norscot Manor provides a beautiful, safe, recreational and educational facility for all ages to the residents of Fourways and beyond.

There' something for everyone at Norscot, Norscot Manor offers a City Library, Teagarden, and Preschool. Furthermore, with an array of 37 classes and courses in health and fitness, dancing and language, domestic courses and childcare as well as community concerns, Norscot Manor forms an essential recreational and educational role in the community.

Calling Community

You can become a Friend!

  • Enjoy recreation and facilities for all ages at Norscot Manor
  • Support the Friends' efforts to build Norscot's heritage status
  • Follow us on Facebook for or community events
  • Memberships and donations welcome
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