The gothic church dates from the 13th century.
In 1818 the 1540 catholic people from Gilze started to use the church.
During the years the church elaborated with a chapel, two new side aisles and a baptism chapel.
At 27 October 1944 withdraw Germans blew up the tower of the church, a half hour later the Polish liberated Gilze!
Until the tower was rebuild the mass was kept in the society building near the church.
Before the tower was destroyed it was build in a point, after the rebuilding it is more a square.
Till 1966 there where copper-balls at each corner of the tower but the balls looks like to fall down, so they decide to remove them.
Only last year they put new copper-balls on top within a transmitter for cell phones.
This steam mill dates from 1892.
During monument day they allowed us to have a look inside, I small scary stairs leeds us all away to the top, there my son Tim got a mottal fright because at that time they put the machine back on and that was a hell of a noice.
After he recovered from the fright, it was very interesting to see how they made grind in the old days
Favorite thing: When I was little this house impressed me because the rumour was that a very famous person was living there, like with most rumours this wasn't true. But until today when I pass this house that rumour pop up in my mind :-)
The centre of Gilze.
The white building you see in the front is a pub, a very old and little pub.
Some years ago the municipaloty want to pull down the pub to build apartments on that spot, however the local community protest against it and they won, the pub is still there!
One day of the year the Netherlands has a "monument"day.
That means that monuments that aren't open for public, open their doors at that day.
After the piece of Munster at 1648 came an end at the 80th years of war between Spain and the districts of the north, at that time the Calvinist church got a lot of privilege. This had a lot of consequence for the catholics. Churches where taken from the Catholics and occupy by the Calvinists.
On request of sheriff Anthony Cloostermans a Calvinist community was formed in Gilze in 1645.
At 1648 the Catholic Church was taken over by the Calvinists, the altars where ruined and the statues where taken out of the churches.
Original the Catholics from Gilze went with their fellow sufferers to the St Remigius church at Baarle- Hertog about 20 km outside Gilze.
But later on they establish a secret church in the barn.
As long as you couldn’t see from the outside it was a church the authorities tolerate the church however they command a financial subsidy, called “disturb money”.
This went on till 1700
As you can see at the picture, recently they put a new roof at the barn.
A wooden water well almost a century old ,circa 1050 ,found by archeologist
north of the Church in the heart of Gilze.
Discovered in March 1994.Two hollowed out tree trunks were put together and lowered in a hole , the trees are supposed to have been 300 years old Oak trees. Only 75 cm wood remains from the top tree.
The water well is all covered and a nice glass surrounding protects it .
The young people near the well are Maaike & Tim.
Centuries old water well.
Oak wood water well from 1050. Found during archaeological exhumations
north of the church.
The clay bottom held the water, and the water preserved the submerged portion of
The well is made from two hollow tree-trunks that were cut in two.
The two halves were taken to the hole and bound together with a pin.
The trees used were already 300 years old when placed in the well.
Because of decay there was only 75 cm wood left at the top tree-trunk.
This water well was placed in this show case thanks to the co-operation of the
Favorite thing: The pub looks like this when the Dutch soccer team has to play at the European championship or during the Olympics.
In the old days there was a lot of shoe industry in Gilze, slowly they all disappeared
To memories the people who did a great effort in the shoe industry they placed this small statue on the square
This house is the eye catcher of the small centre.
It dates from 1910.
I wish I could tell you what the monument in front of the house means, but I have no clue,
The unveil took place at 5-1-1992
Favorite thing: O yes we have a mill in our village, it is a pity though that the sails are gone. The mill is private property nowdays
Favorite thing: Especially for this occasion they decorate the barn with tools from the old days. Behind my son some tools on the wall and an old bicycle.
Favorite thing: This is another white house ,but this house is much bigger ,I believe it houses a music school.
When driving through the village Gilze we saw some very nice buildings ,in the next two tips one of these houses are
This house stand across the school my children go to.
When I was little it was a public building the music school was in there.
Nowadays it is private property