Dutch term – IJzergieterij

An ijzergieterij is an iron foundry. Especially during the industrial revolution in the 1800s, iron and steel became an important building material and ingredient for many items.

The first foundry started in 1689, to supply arms to the army. By the late 1800s, dozens of foundries operated throughout the Netherlands. They were essential to the development of the railway network in the country.

IJzergieterij. Credits: Pieter de Josselin de Jong, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)

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