Culemborg Local Customs

  • CULEMBORG VISMARKT
    CULEMBORG VISMARKT
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  • CULEMBORG PILLORY
    CULEMBORG PILLORY
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  • CULEMBORG PILLORY
    CULEMBORG PILLORY
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    Papklok (porridge bell)

    by ATLC Written Apr 5, 2003

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    This tip is a matter of interest to me as I am a bell ringer in my hometown Brielle.

    The Barbara church built before 1310 has a tower of which the top was burned down after a lightning bolt. It is now called the Square Tower (Vierkante Toren).

    Up to this day the Porridge Bell rings just before 22.00 hrs to warn citizens that the gates of the city will close. People used to eat a bowl of porridge and then go to bed. Hence the name Papklok.

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    An old Dutch saying explained...

    by ATLC Written Apr 5, 2003

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    CULEMBORG PILLORY

    "Aan de kaak stellen" is an old Dutch saying that means to denounce or expose something.
    A "kaak" is a pillory.

    On the corner of the town hall there is still a pillory well intact where convicted criminals were put on show. I didn't try it out for 2 reasons: one was that the thing was really low which can either mean that people then were short but it can also mean that it was made short expressly so the criminal could not stand upright. I think that probably both arguments are true.
    The other reason that I didn't try it is that my sister-in-law was only to glad to throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at me!

    Note the ankle and middle cuffs.
    In the next tip you'll see how the pillory is situated.

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    Vismarkt (Fishmarket) and scary tale

    by ATLC Written Apr 5, 2003

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    CULEMBORG VISMARKT

    This building now houses an antique shop. Fish was brought here and sold from 1788 to 1940. Although it was not there when I made this picture, there is usually a stone table in front of it which is said to have been used as an operating table in a hospital but other stories say it comes from a mortuary at the cemetary on the Achterweg.

    A nightmare story:
    In 1428 there was a bloody struggle between two candidates for the Bishop seat in Utrecht. This was a major religious and political position. Not to mention the lands and rights that went with it.
    A warlord called Jan van Buren, who supported the candidate Rudolf van Diepholt, fought himself and his men into the city of Culemborg but he was beaten back. While he fled the city he was caught by a bunch of fishwomen. They brought him to the Fishmarket and cut him up in pieces.
    The fishwomen wore blue aprons and to this day the carnaval club and the citizens of Culemborg are called the "Blauwlappen" or Bluecloths.

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