Touwslagerij Deetman - Rope maker

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In the filled in inner moat near the harbour of Elburg is the oldest operating rope course in the Netherlands. Nowadays you can still see how the rope course works. Hemp is no longer used, nowadays it is a synthetic fiber, but the process has barely changed in all those centuries. Rope maker Deetman offers you the chance to see the past in action in a modern company.

The rope-making business of the Deetman brothers has a long and interestin…

In the filled in inner moat near the harbour of Elburg is the oldest operating rope course in the Netherlands. Nowadays you can still see how the rope course works. Hemp is no longer used, nowadays it is a synthetic fiber, but the process has barely changed in all those centuries. Rope maker Deetman offers you the chance to see the past in action in a modern company.

The rope-making business of the Deetman brothers has a long and interesting history. Distant ancestor Steven Beerends Diekman moved from Hattem to Elburg around 1725 and practiced the trade as a rope maker according to the “Burgerboek”. Over time the name Diekman has been corrupted to Deetman, but they have always remained rope-makers. The current location just inside the ramparts at the Vischpoort was taken into use in 1745. The rope course between the Vischpoort and the Neerlands Bergje has remained in use all this time. The fishing industry was a major purchaser of ropes. Yarn was made into ropes and lines. Nets, ships' lines, rope fenders and rigging were made from this. Farmers and traders also bought rope from the rope-making industry.

Opening times

  • every Mondayclosed
  • every Tuesdayclosed
  • every Wednesdayclosed
  • every Thursdayfrom 08:30 to 12:30
    from 13:30 to 18:00
  • every Fridayfrom 08:30 to 12:30
    from 13:30 to 18:00
  • every Saturdayfrom 08:30 to 12:30
    from 13:30 to 17:00
  • every Sundayclosed

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