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De Zakkendrager / The Porters

 
 
De Zakkendrager / The Porters Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
1. De Zakkendrager / The Porters Marker
Inscription. Achter deze poort lag de gildekamer van de zakkendragers. Zij waren in dienst van de stad en sjouwden zakken met graan, turf en kolen uit schepen. Er werd gedobbeld om het werk te verdelen. Na 1622 kwam het gilde in twee groepen bijeen. De Benedeneinders vestigden zich noordelijker (en de Zakkendragerssteeg), de Boveneinders, bleven hier. Uit dat jaar stamt het beeldje, waarvan hier een replica hangt. Links van de zakkendrager liggen twee zakken, rechts staat een korenmaat met strijkstok.

[English translation:]
Behind this door was the Porters' guild room. Employed by the city, they unloaded and carried bags of corn, peat and coal from ships. Workload was distributed by a roll of the dice. After 1622 the guild met in two groups. The "Lowers" settled further north (on Zakkendrager Lane), while the "Uppers" remained here. From that year dates the figurine, of which a replica is hanging here. To the left of the porter are two sacks, the right is a bushel with iron rod.
 
Location. 52° 5.252′ N, 5° 7.289′ E. Marker is in Utrecht, Utrecht. Marker is on Oudegracht just south of Haverstraat, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oudegracht 235, Utrecht 3511, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
De Zakkendrager Beeldje / The Porters Figurine image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
2. De Zakkendrager Beeldje / The Porters Figurine
distance of this marker. Voormalig Klooster en Later Weeshuis / Former Monastery and Later Orphanage (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Jacobsgasthuis / St. James' Guest House (within shouting distance of this marker); Doopsgezinde Kerk / Mennonite Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Geboortehuis van Paus Adriaan / Birthplace of Pope Adrian (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Mieropskameren / Mierop's Homes (about 120 meters away); Claustraal Huis van Oudemunster / Canon House of the Former Oudmunster Church (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Universiteit Utrecht / Utrecht University (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Maartensbrug en Oude Gracht / "St. Martin's Bridge" on the Old Canal (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Utrecht.
 
Also see . . .  De Zakkendrager - History (De Zakkendrager Restaurant). De zakkendragers or sack carriers formed the guild of transporters in the Middle ages....The front of our restaurant was known as the Guildhouse of the zakkendragers; a part of a larger complex located between the Oudegracht and the Zakkendragerssteeg. This was where the work was shared out and also a meeting place for the zakkendragers which over the years evolved into a cafe....For hundreds of years the goods barges arrived at the
De Zakkendrager / The Porters Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 23, 2016
3. De Zakkendrager / The Porters Marker - Wide View
The marker and figurine are visible here, just above the stairway leading from the canal to the street-level.
Oudegracht canal and were unloaded into the wharf cellars. From here everything was carried on the backs of the zakkendragers to the market that, to this day, is still situated on Vredenburg.
(Submitted on December 11, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceLabor Unions
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 11, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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