When determinating the stone fence around the Church you might notice a strange stone in the pavement..
One theory is that it was used as a sample for making metal frames around wheels.
Vt-er Numbat wrote me about another possiblility:
Regarding the stone, we had a stone similar to the one in your picture. The bottom of the wheel was in a water trough and when you turned the stone, and this stone was very heavy, the water was used to keep thes stone wet for sharpening. My dad and i sharpenend all of the butcher knives on this stone at least once a week. I am sure if you get in touch with some old butchers, you will probably find that they used a stone like that as well. I do remember that later on, a horse drawn cart came round once a week and he had a fancy set up and sharpened the knives. This was in about 1947. Hope this helps you in your quest to find the history of similar stones.
The Oostkapelseweg is the main road to the coastal village of Oostkapelle and dotted with attractions.
Coming from Serooskerke Centre (Torenstraat) turn right.
On your left hand is the stunning park of Welgelegen. The minor gate immediately to the left takes you to one of the remoest corners of the Park. After 50 meters along a tight overgrown path you will be rewarded with great views over the Pond and the Old Coachhouse.
Opposite the Torenstreet you may check out the area around so called Jeugdhonk. This building dates back to the early 20st century and nowadays houses the Wereldwinkel, a shop dedicated to craftsproducts of Third World Countries
The area around the Boshoekweg offers some of the best country sidal scenery in Serooskerke.
This road, best conquered by bicycle, takes you along pretty farms, farmlands and canals. Hence it offers magnificent options for picknicks.
From some of these spots you can watch the skyline of Serooskerke Village, including brilliant views on the Wind Mill and the amazing Tower!
In the Van Vollenhoveweg I discovered a bunker dating back from 2nd World War
I didn't manage to find out about it's history yet, but it's known that the Germans fired some rockets from Serooskerke towards London in 1944.
The bunker is private property, and probably will not be included in tours if such are conducted in future...
Take a close look at the fine setting of early 19th centrury houses in the Torenstraat, the main street of Serooskerke
The Torenstraat is one of the most lively streets in Serooskerke, where you can find the 2 cafes, the bakery, the ATM machine, the haircutting saloon and so on.
In sidestreets a huge supermarket and the swimming pool can be reached!
Normally, the ring around the church is one of the oldest parts of the villages. Serooskerke is no exception.
Do the circuit around the Tower and feel the cosy ambiance, see the beautiful houses and their gardens, with always the majestic church in the back!
Some canals around Serooskerke are full of fish and regularly you can see people going for carp.
It's so much relaxing when you sit down between clumps of reed, inhaling the fresh air and look out over beautiful farm fields!
But for me...a bit too much boring though...
If you're interested in bird watching you may like to hike along the small canals around Serooskerke, which are favorite breeding places for a lot of birds.
The waterway and land behind the Wind Mill is gorgeous, but unfortunately it's private property. Still if you don't destroy too many crops you shouldn't have probs.
During the years I lived here I never thought of enjoying farmland views...
...but now, in the early evening, cycling on the small roads through the countryside, with the sun shining over the fields, I realised how beautiful it actually was.
The land had been treated with such a precision that it almost looked like a piece of art...and despite the use of machines, it's still a craft indeed!
You can see this kind of lanscape in April/May.
At the cemetery you can find stones dating back to the 1850's belonging to important villagers of that time.
There are separate sections for the mayors and other important people (after entrance left hand side).
The fine iron entrance gate dates back from 19th century as well.
***this is not a tourist attraction, but for those highly interested and who can pay a lot of respect, you're welcome to take a look***
stay away if a burial takes place!!
During the ages little paths and alleys come and go. You will still find a lot of them in Serooskerke as you go off the beaten track!
They are used as a shortcut between two roads, but also to give room to the fire brigade in case of fire.
In Serooskerke you will encounter at least few dozen of these tight paths!
In de Torenstraat you will determine a mix of old and modern styles.
Especially the paint- and woodwork of some of the new cottage - like houses is absolutely stunning! It's a new trend in not only Serooskerke, but I also believe in the whole of the province of Zeeland!