Michiel 2005

Michiel 2005

Posted on 10/07/2008


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More drain covers: Grofsmederij Leiden

More drain covers: Grofsmederij Leiden
"Are you going to bore us with even more drain covers?". Yes, I am.

The Nederlandse Grofsmederij was an iron works company, located in Leiden, which didn't survive the big shake-out of the manufacturing industry in the 1970s. It was founded in 1836 by a Dutch-Frenchman William Archibald Bake who (amongst other things) fought in the Russian campaign of Napoleon.
In its heyday it employed around 700 men.

Here is a picture of the workshop of the Grofsmederij:
www.flickr.com/photos/95306653@N00/2212827614 /

Grofsmederij is a composite noun consisting of "grof" meaning coarse or rough, opposite of fine, and "smederij" meaning smithy or foundry. So the company made the big stuff, not fine ironwork.

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