Timmerfabriek De Schelde

Built: 1914

Abandoned: 1990s

Reconverted: 2010

Visited: 2002 + 2004 + 2007

Vlissingen, The Netherlands

This factory was built in 1914 by the ‘Hollandsche Maatschappij tot het Maken van Werken in Gewapend Beton’ based in Den Haag. The building was first used by The Royal Schelde shipyard in 1915. The building is a concrete-framed construction with roof lights that gives a magnificent light inside the factory. The factory was used as a carpenter factory for the Royal Schelde Group that started in 1875. The factory made wooden pieces for the ships exterior and interior. Especially the passenger ships of the Rotterdamsche Lloyd made before the Second World War had many wooden decorations.


During the 1950s the factory was scaled down, several years later the factory closed. The building was used as warehouse of the shipyard. The next years the factory became abandoned and nobody took care of the building. It took a lot of money to restore the old carpenter factory, but thanks to European funds the factory was restored in 2010. Apart from some cultural events they did not find a final use for the building.

More photos of this abandoned shipyard click here. Also check other Schelde buildings on my website: BedrijfsschoolZware Plaatwerkerij and Machinefabriek.

Photos Timmerfabriek De Schelde

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