Wall anchors were used in old buildings in the Netherlands to connect the beams of a floor with the brick wall to prevent the wall from bending outwards. They often had the shape of a couple of nummers to indicate the age of the building. Sometimes they had the shape of a letter like X or Y, or a simple I. There were also very beautifully decorated wall anchords if the building was monumental and very important.
I had guests from South Africa, who wanted to make a boattrip under the City of Den Bosch , we saw a lot of old buildings and of course we couldn't overlook the wall anchors.Foreigners often ask what they are used for.
The anchors you see on the photos are the only X-shaped ones I saw in the Netherlands.
Here you also see the more common wall anchors
that are to be found in all old Dutch cities.
They are I-shaped,X-shaped or Y-shaped
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