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Nederland - Fortmond, steenfabriek

Steenfabriek Fortmond is a former brick factory in the Duursche Waarden floodplain of the river IJssel near Fortmond; a hamlet which was created by the construction of houses for the workers.

Bricks were baked at this location on the banks of the river IJssel long before the factory was built. In so-called field kilns, tiggels (bricks) were baked from river clay. A first factory was built in 1828 and Steenfabriek Fortmond (Fortmond brick factory) was founded in 1889. The existing ring kilns and chimney were built in 1919 and 1920. In 1976 the factory was closed during a remediation round aimed at reducing overcapacity in the business sector.

In 1986 Staatsbosbeheer (a Dutch government organisation for forestry and the management of nature reserves) became manager of the site with the buildings and the surrounding floodplains. The values have been developed from 1989 into the Duursche Waarden nature reserve.

After the complex was designated a Dutch national monument in 2003, the forty-meter high chimney, which has become rare of its kind, underwent a thorough renovation that was completed in 2006. This chimney still is a well-recognized landmark from afar. The ruins of the two dozen meters long and approximately five meters high brick ring kilns (dating back to 1919/1920), overgrown with trees and shrubs, remain in the natural state of decay in which they have been for decades.
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30 comments

Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* said:

beau fort bien documenté ! merci Jaap ! belle semaine à toi ! Amitiés♫
2 months ago ( translate )

Joe, Son of the Rock said:

I love the strong diagonal of your composition. All the best, Joe
2 months ago

Patrick Brandy said:

Excellent l'angle de prise de vue merci pour l'info bonne journée.
2 months ago ( translate )

Mecklenburg-Foto said:

Ein interessantes Industriedenkmal.
2 months ago ( translate )

Annemarie said:

I like the compo here, n interesting place

Wish you a nice week ahead!
2 months ago

Madeleine Defawes said:

Superbe témoignage de l'ancienne briqueterie !
Bonne semaine. Amitiés
2 months ago ( translate )

Percy Schramm said:

Fantastic documentation of the interesting history. Wish you a nice monday, Jaap !
2 months ago

Léopold said:

Ça nécessitera plus de temps à la nature pour recouvrir la cheminée !
2 months ago ( translate )

Günter Klaus said:

Da hast du sehr schöne Aufnahmen von diesen Teil dieser Ziegelfabrik gemacht lieber Jaap :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
2 months ago ( translate )

Betty【ツ】 said:

Very interesting! The nature takes back its rights.
2 months ago

Mario Vargas said:

amazing history and tower, nice shot
2 months ago

Ulrich John said:

Looks very interesting, Jaap ! And thanks for your note.
2 months ago

Malik Raoulda said:

SUBLIME et superbement rendue avec cet historique.
Bonne et agréable semaine salutaire.
2 months ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

Excellent pictures and informative notes Jaap.
Have a good new week.
2 months ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

My father worked in a brickworks not too dissimilar from this one, a couple of miles down the road from where I live now. He mainly worked the night shift feeding the kilns and keeping them alive and hot. I remember visiting him at work occasionally when he had his break and we used to feed the local feral cats, who came to the kilns for warmth. The brickworks (and my father) are long gone now, but these lovely images brought back some good memories. Thanks for sharing Jaap.
2 months ago