Zeeheldenkwartier / Tu Wijk

A lovely neighbourhood with noble houses, spacious new homes and apartments, which is near the city center. A quiet place with no traffic. Between downtown and the TU Delft located through a cycle bridge You'll be in the city.A small neighborhood grocery store, cafeteria Die 2, a barber, day care are some of the activities nearby.


The mid-sixteenth century, there was close to the city of Delft little agricultural activity. On the map of Jacob van Deventer was circa 1557 outlined east of Rotterdamseweg only one farm and came only to the south for several farms. Like the other buildings (such as the monastery Koningsveld) farms in 1571-1572 had to step down because of a possible siege of the city was imminent.

Afterwards, the farmers returned quickly. Initially this involved mixed farms, but then the Delft specialized in animal husbandry. The wet peat around Delft after all, was not suitable for agriculture. The oldest farmhouse at Rotterdamseweg seems to be the sixteenth century Hamme house. However, most of the farms still in existence dates back to the nineteenth century. Actually in use, there are still few. For several buildings is a sought more modern application, such as Rotterdamseweg 205 where today the World Art Centre is located.Aart Struijk (1950) lived during his childhood at Rotterdamseweg at number 280, just south of the Adhesive and Gelatin Factory. In that environment were several farms with their own access roads. Struijk: "At the time you had the Lane Van der Stap and the Lane of Zuijdgeest that the farms of Van der Stap and Zuijdgeest conducted." These were the first two farms after the premises of De Boo. The farms themselves were close to Schie, which simplified the delivery and removal. Neighbouring City Schiedam knew in the nineteenth century a flourishing industry gin. The many crop waste that is released was used as animal feed, including by the farmers Rotterdamseweg. They could then with a barge fast to Schiedam, picked it up and loaded it easy to get back on their yard.Workers AreaDelft grew in the second half of the nineteenth century in its own city walls. The Scheepmakerij had always been active, but at Rotterdamseweg was still room for housing. Initially, especially the needs of the wealthy Delft team met, who like clean and quiet wanted to live in a country. Incidentally, this also gave them a tax, since they did not have a lot less to pay in the various crafts and delicacies around Delft.Slowly, however, there was also attention to the high demand for smaller and modest craftsman for many factory workers. In the fourth quarter of the nineteenth century built several contractors therefore include along Rotterdamseweg small homes, so-called speculative public housing. A wealthy contractor had built a block of houses, with the thought that he could sell, or at least could rent out the houses. With this win he was able to fund other projects.The Herenpad between Scheepmakerij and Rotterdamseweg was truly the century a working class street, with some dead-end streets with small and cheap housing. The beginning of the Rotterdamseweg was primarily the domain of shopkeepers, who were generally slightly wider than the workers. Spread over Rotterdamseweg were found several country houses and villas, where the local elite settled. Further south were especially gardeners and farmers who found their place.

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