Some fancy brickwork in the fort of Hoboken. Looks impressive but the story behind every stone is not. The bricks were made locally by families. Father, mother and childern. Put yourself around the 1840's. Father took out the clay and mixed it, mother filled the wooden frames with it and turned the stones. The childern had to lay them in rows to dry. They preffered young girls, as young as 6 years old. Why, because they have small feet so that there is a smaller passage between the rows. One child could bring away up to 6000 stones a day walking about 32 km. Getting almost nothing for hard work. There are millions of stones in the fort and this is only 1 of 8 around Antwerp.
by Berckmans Peter September. 16, 2021 293 views
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