Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
De Waag / The Weigh House
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 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 (Submitted on July 15, 2017.)
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