This is a view of Velserbroek. Velerbroek is a quarter of Velsen and Santpoort.
Velsen and Santpoort
The city has its origin in the village of Velsen, caught between the highway and the Northsea Channel, in former times an agrarian community between the dunes and the Wijkerlake. As early as the Bronze Age people have lived here. The Roman conquerors left a fort and docks on the Wijkerlake. During the Middle Ages Velsen was a place of pilgrimage. Pilgrims visited the place to worship the Holy Engelmundus and to ask for the curing of various physical ailments.
Through the ages Santpoort has always formed a administrative unit with Velsen. The Lords of Brederode were "Trademasters of the magnificent lands of Velsen and Santpoort". The ruins of Brederode remind us of this Middle Aged past.
The Northsea Channel and IJmuiden
The rural peace of the community vanished when the Northsea Channel was opened in 1876, The river IJ en the Wijkerlake became polders. Lots of workers on the Channel remained here and so became, together with the locks- and customs personnel, the first inhabitants of this area. The new community was christened IJmuiden, by King William III.
The new city knew a fast growth. Not, as expected, by the "big" shipping companies, but especially by the rise of the (sea)fishing industry in the area. By the end of the 19th century the fishing industry got the disposal of a harbour, installed by the national government. Later the National Fish Auction was founded here. IJmuiden grew till it was the most important supplying harbour of seafish in our country, a position it still has today.
The digging of the Northsea Channel split the village of Velsen into two parts. De community Velsen-North could develop thanks to up-and-coming industries, such as (steel-industry) Hoogovens (Corus) en the papermill.
Demolition and construction
The development, started after 1876, was crudely interrupted by the Second World War. Evacuation of the inhabitants and demolition of a third of all the houses existing in IJmuiden, made Velsen one of the severest hit Dutch communities.
The energetic approach of the reconstruction made Velsen a modern seatown. The centre came in IJmuiden-East, where in 1965 the City Hall (designed by the well-known architect Dudok) was opened. New living quarters were built in the dune area: Zeewijk and Duinwijk.
November 1984 was the start of creating a completely new quarters, Velserbroek. In this old polder 6000 houses were planned for 16.000 people, together with schools, a shopping centre and social-cultural provisions, most of which is finished now.
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Finn_van_Leeuwe (38) 2005-02-20 4:35
hey! mooie foto van de westbroekerplas. je kan hier echt goed zien wat het project 'wonen aan het water' is. mijn nieuwe huis staat links in beeld er nét niet op, dat is wel jammer, maar maakt niet zoveel uit.
het is ook goed te zien dat velserbroek, waar de westbroekerplas dus aan ligt, een nieuwbouwstad is. hele moderne huizen aan het water is het ideaal van de nieuwe velserbroeker;) de foto is echt mooi genomen, het lijkt net alsof het een zee is met kleine golven. dit meertje is gegraven met als doel recreatie en ontspanning, volgens mij. in de zomer kan je hier lekker ontspannen en natuurlijk ook zwemmen:D conclusie: mooie foto en lekker scherp, de wolken zijn ook mooi! het thema vind ik persoonlijk helemaal geweldig, omdat ik daar in de buurt ga wonen;)
alvaraalto (5475) 2005-02-20 6:21
Intesting picture. Good note to. Must been a windy day, when you look at the water.
papagolf21 (82926) 2005-02-20 14:41
Sur les flots, sur les grands chemins, nous poursuivons le bonheur. Mais il est ici, le bonheur en regardant cette composition.
Très bien vu.
Merci pour cette note très détaillée.
weswang (18223) 2005-04-05 3:41
Hi Kjeld. I like the skyline you have captured in this picture. You have captured the wave and the sky cloud very vivid and clear.
I think the picture is a little over saturated. Other than that, it is a very nice photo. Thank you for your informative notes.