Het Zegel Mechelen

THE ABANDONED FACTORY IN BELGIUM


‘Het Zegel’ was an abandoned stamp printing office in the city Mechelen in Belgium. In 1996 the building dating 1836, was protected as a monument. All Belgian stamps were printed in this building for 125 years.

These buildings of ‘Het Zegel’ were built in 1836, the owner wanted to start a candle making factory. But the production never really took off, the company soon went bankrupt. The owner tries a second start with a spinning mill but fails again. In 1843 the buildings are sold to the train company who uses it as a storehouse.

In 1868 the mail company bought the site. The buildings are named ‘Den Tember’ and ‘Het Zegel’ or in English The Stamp. In this print office, stamps and train tickets were printed. It was the first and only printing company for stamps for many years. For 125 years the building was used by the mail company, in November 1993 they move out leaving the buildings abandoned. A project developer purchased the buildings to renovate them into apartments and offices, but to date not much has happened unfortunately. I visited ‘Het Zegel Mechelen’ in 2006.

Het Zegel Mechelen
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Het Zegel Mechelen
Het Zegel Mechelen
Het Zegel Mechelen
Het Zegel Mechelen

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