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Picture: Schellemill at the Damse Vaart in Damme.  

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Farm the "Stamper"
Slekkeput
House Saint John
Damme town hall
Slekkeput
Saint-John's hospital
Medieval waterwell
Lock of the Lieve
Waterpumps
Statue J.Van Maerlant
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NR Damme town walls
Damse Vaart
Bat reserve
Leopoldcanal
Schipdonkcanal
Damme book village
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Museum town hall
Museum Schellemill

Herringmarket

Waterpumps of Damme

Location: Kerkstraat, opposite the Saint-John's hospital [gps] and on the Haringmarkt [gps], 8340 Damme
Accessibility: freely accessible

Because Damme was located so close to the sea, the water was brackish and not suitable for consumption.  In order to provide the inhabitants with drinkable water, it was supplied from inland.  In 1269 the town received permission from the count to pump water from the castle of Male, several km from town.  Transport happened via a system of lead tubes (pipes) via the Pijpeweg.  At different places in the town, waterpumps were installed so that the citizens could supply themselves with sweet water.

The pumps that are still in the centre now remind us of that Medieval watersuply system, that was very advanced for that era.  The finest pump is the one called "het Zeugsken" in the Kerkstraat. There is also another one on the Haringmarkt.  These pumps are obviously not the initial ones from the 13th century but are from a more recent point in time. 



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Hendrik De Leyn - www.damme-online.com