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Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
 

De Waag / The Weigh House

 
 
De Waag / The Weigh House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
1. De Waag / The Weigh House Marker
Inscription. Gebouwd in 1597-1598. Tot 1915 voor het wegen van goederen in gebruik geweest. Uitwendig geheel met natursteen bekleed. De balustrade boven de kroonlijst werd omstreeks 1800 verwijderd. Bij de restauratie in 1988 ist een kopie daarvan aangebracht.


[English translation:]
Built in 1597-1598. Was used for the weighing of goods until 1915. Exterior clad with natural stone. The balustrade above the cornice was removed around 1800. During the restoration in 1988 a replica of the balustrade was installed.
 
Erected by The ANWB.
 
Location. 52° 22.81′ N, 4° 38.383′ E. Marker is in Haarlem, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Damstraat and Spaarne, on the left when traveling east on Damstraat. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Damstraat 29, Haarlem, North Holland 2011 HA, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Former Synagogue (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Simon Philip de Vries (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Hoofdwacht / Civic Guard Headquarters (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); May 8 1945 / 8 Mei 1945
De Waag / The Weigh House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
2. De Waag / The Weigh House and Marker
The marker is visible here on the lower right corner of the building with the red shutters.
(approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Het Pietershuis (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Paterskerk (R.K.) / Church of Our Father (Roman Catholic) (approx. half a kilometer away).
 
Also see . . .  Waag, Haarlem (Wikipedia). "The Waag (Waegh) is a former Weigh house in Haarlem that today serves as a café catering to tourists....The building was designed by Lieven de Key around 1597 and is built with Namense steen from Namur, Belgium. It is the only building in Haarlem that was built this way, and was designed in its day as a landmark that befits an authority. The weigh house masters needed to be able to judge the correct measure of a shipload of grain that was delivered in Haarlem. Inside the large cast iron balance can still be seen. The location of the weigh house was strategically located where the Spaarne river joins the beek, a small canal that according to tradition was used to carry fresh water from the dunes to serve the brewers of Haarlem. Haarlem was known for its beer brewing in the 15th-17th centuries. A large wooden crane operated by wheels driven by manpower was used to hoist the grain on ships into the Waag building and back into other ships or carts for further transport. The wooden crane can be seen on most historic pictures of the
<i>Haarlem. Binnen-Spaarne met Waag</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by Dr. Trenkler Co., Leipzig, 1903
3. Haarlem. Binnen-Spaarne met Waag
Spaarne up until 1872." (Submitted on July 15, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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