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August 30, 2017

Showing Some Amazing Flexibility…

Filed under: GOUDA,Historical,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Having found the site of the Gouda’s Molenwerf and (rather disassembled) Motte of yesterdays post, I find myself passing a small garden.

My destination at this moment though, was to find the house behind the motte that had the fish ornamentation   which was at the back.

The only way to it was via two small bridges on a tight curve. Having photographed the “fish house” I turn my lens to a building directly opposite it, one that can not fail to capture a visitors attention.

It’s quirky leanings had me wondering about  structural integrity and how on earth it was possible for a small building to be leaning out at the spot over the doorway and leaning in at the end of the same wall just a short distance away.

This is what  building would look like if it were drunk. It also looked like someone thin, frail and elderly who bends at the knees, and has at the same time hunched shoulders. That said, here is probably nothing thin about the walls in a building this old. Thick walls were standard in the 1600’s and this buildings stout construction helps it to bend when age and subsidence crept into it’s bones.

I am delighted to find that here is an information plaque on the side of the building, but as usual, only in Dutch,  translated here Thanks to Himself (I was tired and making mistakes).

The name of this building is “het Tapijthuis” (which literally means “carpet house’). “This late medieval building owes it’s name to the Flemish weavers who fled at the end of the 16th century to the northern part of the Netherlands (from an area that is now present day Belgium). In buildings such as these they continued their work where they left off when they had to flee. Later, in the 17th century,  it housed one of thekloppenscholenfrom Gouda. 

Aklopjeis a woman who does the work of a nun but who is not a nun herself.  (teaching, visiting sick etc) Such catholic schools were prohibited, but the city council  in Gouda did not enforce that rule. At regular intervals the church council of the adjacent St Jans church (Protestant) asked for the school to be closed, but in vain. At a later stage it housed a brewery and after that, the auction house of the father of the writer Herman de Man.

It’s interesting to see that in a time when relations between Protestants and Catholics was fractious, that some people and organisations such as the city council of the time exercised common sense. They must have seen the good work in the community done by these “klopje” women and found that this contribution overruled the pesterings and annoyance of the St Jans church council.

This Catholic / Protestant divide is a theme that I will expand upon in a future post,  since I have discovered some quirky information about this that is bizarre when seen from a non-European perspective. That however is for another day. (Soon!). The occupants and use of ” het Tapijthuis” changed greatly with the times and so over the centuries this building has both literally and figuratively shown some amazing flexibility.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This last photograph if the rear of the building…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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