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Haarlem, North Holland, Netherlands
 

Hofje van Noblet

 
 
Hofje van Noblet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
1. Hofje van Noblet Marker
Inscription.
Gesticht in 1760 uit de nalatenschap
van Geertruijd, Sara en Leonard
Noblet. Gebouwd naar ontwerp van
Willem Batelaan.
Gerenoveered 1990-1991.

[English translation:]

Founded in 1760 from the estate of Geertruijd, Sara, and Leonard Noblet. Built according to the plans of Willem Batelaan. Renovated 1990-91.
 
Erected by The ANWB.
 
Location. 52° 23.082′ N, 4° 38.528′ E. Marker is in Haarlem, North Holland. Marker is at the intersection of Nieuwe Gracht and Hooimarkt on Nieuwe Gracht. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Nieuwe Gracht 2, Haarlem, North Holland 2011, Netherlands.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Simon Philip de Vries (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Station (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Site of Former Synagogue (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Hofje van Oorschot (approx. half a kilometer away); Hoofdwacht / Civic Guard Headquarters (approx. half a kilometer away); Teylers Fundatiehuis / The Teyler Foundation House (approx. half

Hofje van Noblet and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
2. Hofje van Noblet and Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible here, mounted on the building just to the right of the open gate.
a kilometer away); De Waag / The Weigh House (approx. half a kilometer away); Vishal / "Fish Hall" (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Haarlem.
 
More about this marker. The literal meaning of the Dutch word "hofje" in English, "small garden" is inadequate to convey its functional meaning. A hofje is a social institution, usually funded and operated by a foundation, that provides housing (with a small garden) for those in lesser circumstances, i.e. the aged, single mothers, or widows.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hofjes in Haarlem (Wikipedia). "What we would call 'social work' today was called charity work in earlier centuries. Hofjes in Haarlem are the remnants of charity work that were founded by defunct community structures that were divided by religious order and social class, but all more or less guided by the then prevailing need to perform the Christian Seven Works of Mercy; feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, bury the dead, shelter the traveler, comfort the sick, and free the imprisoned. Committing any of these acts would gain the giver entrance through the pearly gates of Heaven.
The Hofje's Little Garden image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 19, 2017
3. The Hofje's Little Garden
This is what prompted so many wealthy Haarlem citizens to found Hofjes in their name on their death." (Submitted on January 9, 2018.) 

2. Hofje van Noblet (Foundation for the Conservation of the Hofjes Van Staats and Noblet, in Dutch). Provides a short history of the Hofje, noting how it was founded by the 3 van Noblets, and opened to 20 single women in 1760. (Submitted on January 9, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 9, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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