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Loafing around: Haarlem’s Historic bread & flour factory

Haarlem’s historic Bread and Flour Factory (Haarlemsche Brood- en Meelfabriek) is the only one of its kind remaining in The Netherlands. The facade is on the Bakenessergracht in Haarlem’s old city centre.

Historic bread and flour factory in Haarlem

This building caught my eye some time ago because it looks so industrial and different to many other buildings on the Bakenessergracht. I decided to find out if there’s a story behind the building and guess what – there is! 😄

I did some research and found out that the factory was built in 1876 in the neo-romanesque architectural style. That would explain the round arched windows on the building’s facade. The original building had four floors and in 1896 a fifth floor was added.

Over many years it was used for grain and flour storage as well as milling and baking, which took place in a small building just behind the factory. In 1890 the factory produced three million kilograms of bread a year!

Haarlem’s historic bread and flour factory operated from this location until 1946, the year after the Second World War ended. After this it housed a printing business and in 1990 it was redeveloped into residential apartments.

Historic bread and flour factory in Haarlem.

While you’re exploring the Bakenessergracht, walk towards Kokstraat to see an unusual work of street art. The main market square of Haarlem is also within walking distance of the bread and flour factory. There is so much to see in the old city such as this modern marble sculpture and Haarlem’s narrowest building and hidden streets.

How to find it

Haarlemsche Brood- en Meelfabriek
Bakenessergracht 71
2011 JT

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