Michiel 2005

Michiel 2005

Posted on 10/30/2008


Photo taken on October 26, 2008



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Manhole cover of the Nederlandse Grofsmederij

Manhole cover of the Nederlandse Grofsmederij
This one looks like a face.

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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