Dutch term – Water-en-vuur-winkel

A water-en-vuur-winkel (literally: water and fire shop) was a shop where you could buy buckets of hot water and hot coals to get your own fire started. Water-en-vuur-winkels were mainly found in larger cities.

Water-en-vuur-winkel in Amsterdam. Credits: Bernard F. Eilers, collection Stadsarchief Amsterdam (public domain)


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