Local Heart, Global Soul

August 2, 2017

The Waag Weighs In Beautifully…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Walking around the corner of Gouda’s ‘ The Agnietenkapel” (Agnes Convent) in the direction of the Market square, you will be instantly captivated by a beautiful and imposing building.

Called “De Waag”  which literal meaning in English is “Scale”, this is Gouda’s Weigh House.

Wikipedia tells me that  “Weigh Houses were usually established before 1800 prior to the establishment of international standards for weights.

As public control of the weight of goods was very important, they were run by local authorities who would also use them for the levying of taxes on goods transported through or sold within the city.

Therefore, weigh houses would often be near a market square or town centre’

An information plaque (in Dutch only, I’ve provided a translation) on the Waag walls tells me: “In 1667 the city was granted the “Right to Weigh” and therefore decided to build a building designed by Pieter Post.”

(Kiwi’s note,  this architects name should be pronounced to rhyme with ‘cost’) “Post designed a square building in the Dutch classical style with both side walls provided with awnings.

Since walking for any great distance is difficult and one occasion my wheelchair was in for repair, I used Little Mr’s trips to the Lego shop as a means to visit the Waag more than once. The weather on one of these visits was less than accommodating, but that said, the dark threatening skies bring out details that you don’t notice when it is sunny. Photographs in this, and my next few posts are a compilation of these visits.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia: Weigh House
Wikipedia: “Waag” (Weigh House) / Gouda/ The Netherlands / (Dutch text only)

3 Comments »

  1. It looks like it’s ready to fly away! Although it might not get far with those stubby short wings 😉 🙂

    Comment by Carrie — August 3, 2017 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

    • P.S. It IS a quite beautiful building!

      Comment by Carrie — August 3, 2017 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • Carrie,
      Yes… like a chick flexing tiny little stubby wings! I love buildings like these, I’m delighted that you do too. Even the decoration on the outside side panels incorporates images of weights. Everything fits together beautifully.

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 5, 2017 @ 10:29 am | Reply


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