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Leiden's Town Hall

Leiden's stadhuis (town hall), 25 miles SW of Amsterdam, was built in 1595 after half the population died of starvation during the Siege of Leiden from 1573-4.  That's a story in and of itself. 

But what most interests me is that Leiden is where the Pilgrims lived before they ventured to Plymouth Rock in America!  Pilgrim couples were married in civil ceremonies HERE in this town hall.  Pilgrim couples like William Bradford and Dorothy Mays who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620.  Tragically, Dorothy fell off the Mayflower and drowned!  Unbelievable.

I bet this town hall could tell us many a story, if we had ears to hear! 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Leiden's Town Hall

Leiden's stadhuis (town hall), 25 miles SW of Amsterdam, was built in 1595 after half the population died of starvation during the Siege of Leiden from 1573-4.  That's a story in and of itself. 

But what most interests me is that Leiden is where the Pilgrims lived before they ventured to Plymouth Rock in America!  Pilgrim couples were married in civil ceremonies HERE in this town hall.  Pilgrim couples like William Bradford and Dorothy Mays who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620.  Tragically, Dorothy fell off the Mayflower and drowned!  Unbelievable.

I bet this town hall could tell us many a story, if we had ears to hear! 

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (25)

  • Dotun
  • 7 Jun 2007, 00:09
very rich tonss, love it.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Dotun. You notice that I left the tones alone and didn't convert them. grin
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 7 Jun 2007, 00:25
The Dutch seem to be big into topping their spires with coronets, don't they? I love all the history, Ginnie. Keep it coming.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Jimbo, I think you're right. There were so many colors to this that I decided to leave good enough alone. No selective coloring or sepia conversion this time. smile
Very lovely detail Ginnie, it's a wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bridge. You're a sweetheart.
Wow Ginnie! Great story with a great image! Wouldn't you like to travel back in time to see what was going on in this building? I would have loved to meet the pilgrims before they embarked on their journeys. It's a very different looking town hall...looks like they layered it with different materials. Nicely done, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kay. Yes, indeed. I'd love to sit down with someone and hear all the stories. I'm guessing not everything is as it seems!
It's very unique and ornate. Quite an interesting story, too.
Ginnie Hart: Most interesting, indeed, Red Pen. I couldn't believe the terrible mishap of Ms. Dorothy!
I love the angle of this shot. Nice to read that story Ginnie. I have always loved listening to stories, thanx for sharing this piece of History.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Thomas. These places come alive by the stories! Thanks.
Don't ask me why, I thought I was in Russia !! grin
Ginnie Hart: I know why, Flo. It's that "onion" at the top of the spire. grin
OoOhoHoooOOhOhH Ginnie are you going to the dark side. LOl!. The building looks burnt (like a fire happened) but thats the effect and me loves. Looking forward to 2morrow.
Ginnie Hart: It DOES have a burnt look, Busola. I agree. The tones were very rich, so I had to leave them alone. smile Thanks.
History ...great . You really bring a lot of your pictures to life. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Well, Shakara, what's interesting is that history is NOT my forte! But when I read something that hits me, the place suddenly comes alive. Thanks.
another nice architectural shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ngozi. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Jun 2007, 10:57
It must have been trendy to build something grand after some big tragedy struck. Seen evidence of the trend in Vienna and Budapest as well, e.g. the Karlskirche in Vienna. I wonder if the idea was to create some form of a mass gravestone?

Second thing is that (according to their names) brits got married in Leiden before going to America. Poor Dorothy.

Great picture - love the angle.
Ginnie Hart: Good thoughts, Louis, about what happens after tragedy. The Phoenix rising from the ashes and all that!

Poor Dorothy, indeed. I knew nothing of this till I started reading the links. Even read that there was a contingent who believed she committed suicide, but it was later refuted.

Thanks.
Another nice perspective Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nicola!
  • Suby
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 7 Jun 2007, 11:22
Interesting shot

Suby
Ginnie Hart: You and your "interesting," Suby. grin
Nice angle Ginnie - they certainly like their ornate town halls in this part of the world!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they do, Bernie! Thanks.
  • xavi
  • Barcelona
  • 7 Jun 2007, 14:51
nice picture, and shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Xavi!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 7 Jun 2007, 16:12
Capital piece of work here. You got some of your faves: clock, weathervane, gables and a tower. smile
Ginnie Hart: I was hoping someone would notice, Ruth. grin Thanks.
The slight grungyness works well for such a historic building.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Martin. It looks like it's been through a fire, doesn't it!
The horizontal (or maybe in an angle) flag post or something makes an interesting focal point smile

I not sure about those ears though, could be kind of wearing in the long run... grin
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing that's a flag pole, Aksel, right. I see lots of those on towers without flags. Hmmm.

HA, about the ears to hear. Yup, we'd probably want the stories to finally stop. Enough already! smile
Didn't know that about the Pilgrims Ginnie. Aparently they set sail from Southampton, but one of the boats they purchased was so ropey, they had to put into Plymouth for repairs...Plymouth bacame famous not Southampton!

Chris
Ginnie Hart: I think I've heard that, Chris. History books never quite get it right, do they! Thanks for your comment.
Been a long time since I went to Leiden - never knew a thing about it though - I am so incurious (unlike sheep). Spent my time photographing tulips and bridges over canals. Remember the light being dreadful. Nice subtle colours compliment the sober pilgrims perfectly. Have a good time in Amsterdam - off to dig through my old slides now. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Mike, for stopping by and commenting. It's been nice to meet you. smile
  • Aussie
  • Queensland Austrailia
  • 7 Jun 2007, 23:14
I really like the history behind the shots and I have always been in awe at the time some of these old buildings have stood.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Aussie. Almost all of European structures are awesome for me...coming from such a young country, by comparison!
  • Ellie
  • 7 Jun 2007, 23:41
I didn't know that, I thought they'd left from Plymouth .. and I've just seen what Chris has written, didn't know that either!

Interesting picture and one of contrasts too, the brickwork and the stone. Interesting to see the remnants of coal fires and soot, I suppose that's what it is ... do you think?
Ginnie Hart: I reckon, Ellie, but you'd probably know more about these structures than I do.

I told Chris that our history books almost never get it right, do they?! It looks like several cities, including Plymouth and Southampton, get credit for this bit of history!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 7 Jun 2007, 23:48
Nice bit of history there, and some grand architectural features as well.
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Les. Thanks.
  • Helen
  • 8 Jun 2007, 06:53
Awesome architecture.
Ginnie Hart: It really is, Helen. Thanks.
Me gusta la composición de la imágen con las lineas verticales de la torre y las diagonales del tejado. !
I like the composition of the image with the vertical lines of the tower and the diagonals of the tile roof!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, kind sir! smile

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