Hembrug

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN THE NETHERLANDS


In 1900 this ammunition factory moved from Delft to this site, it was named after the close-by bridge ‘Hembrug’. The factory was bought by the Dutch Government in 1912 and employed 1.200 people at that time.

During the First World War the factory had almost 8.500 people working. After the war the future was uncertain, as a result the employees were brought back to 2.000. During the Second World War the factory was almost bombed to prevent German occupation of the factory. Eventually the place was not bombed and the German army took over the ammunition production.

After the war the factory restarted, but instead of ammunition it produced agricultural machinery and other metal products. Part of the factory is still active under the name Eurometaal. The abandoned part was heavily polluted, but today the site is redeveloped to an event location. Also read my report on this Belgium ammunition factory I visited ‘Hembrug’ in 2009.

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