Local Heart, Global Soul

August 28, 2017

So Much To See, Even More To Make You Curious…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Gouda has some beautiful public buildings but there are some very interesting and quirky private ones there too.

Looking through the trees at the back of St Jans Church, I see something that catches my eye: a fish.

It’s a fish of the architectural variety not a real fish but why on earth am I seeing it on top of a building?

Later during my visit I wheel myself around to the street it is on (I was separated by a canal from it earlier, so I had to make a small detour to get to this house). There I find it standing on the corner of a canal and accompanied by some unusual architecture.

First there is a curved piece nibbled out of the corner wall. It’s not for a door, there is only a tiny round window here.

Internally this would mean that the building must surely lose quite a lot of space in this corner. Then there is the window on the side, some times  (I think) called a “hanging window”. Above the chipped out alcove corner is the decoration that is topped with the fish ornamentation. The front door  is around the corner on the bigger street, nothing unusual there. On the far side of the front door I find another fish ornament. It makes me wonder what this building’s history is… some link with the sea can I think be safely assumed: sailor? sea captain? fish monger? Who knows. I love discovering buildings like this: so much to see and even more to make you curious.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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3 Comments »

  1. […] destination at this moment though, was to find the house behind the motte that had the fish ornamentation   which was at the […]

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  2. I wonder if there was a statue on the corner that was removed? It looks like there’s a little platform there for one.

    In the US we call a projecting window like that a “bay window” or a “bow window” or actually, in this case, it would be an “oriel window”, with the corbel underneath 🙂

    Comment by Carrie — August 31, 2017 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

    • Carrie,
      I’d usually call it a “bay window” too, but apparently one or more Dutch towns are famous for having windows like these in really, really old houses, always jutting out over canals and always kitchens, I assume that when you pulled the plug in the sink the water emptied directly into the canal beneath! Now that I come to think of it they may have been called “hanging kitchens” for this reason (painkillers and memory, not a great combination). I will try to find out more and post about it in the future. You will have seen plenty of corbels in this blog… especially the decorative ones, you now I love architectural decorative elements!

      Edited because I forgot to add: you may well be right about the statue, see, I need a sharp mind like yours to point this out … Thanks!!! 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — August 31, 2017 @ 8:39 pm | Reply


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