Some brickwork

by Berckmans Peter September. 16, 2021 293 views

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.

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Thomas Thompson 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Thats impressive but as you say sad

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Thomas Thompson 4 weeks ago

That is history.

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Jay Boggess 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Wow! Amazing feat of masonry!grinning

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 4 weeks, 1 day ago

It sure is

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 3 weeks, 6 days ago

+1grinning+1

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Antonio Gil 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Sad story behind such good pictures

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Still happening in some parts of the world

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Tsao T-F 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Thanks for sharing pictures of the beautiful building, and the poor story behind every stone.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Tsao T-F 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Sad but true. Thanks

4 weeks, 1 day ago Edited
Adrian Morris 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Fascinating pictures. Though it's sad about the child exploitation.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Adrian Morris 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Child labour was very common in those days

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Adrian Morris Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Children here in Wigan even worked underground in the coal mines.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Adrian Morris 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Same here, social history is not very nice.

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