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Roombeek

This area contained several textile factories; J.J. Rozendaal, N.J. Menko, Roombeek, Bamshoeve and some other old companies. I've been avoiding this area in my explorations because of the fireworks disaster in 2000, of which I will tell something below. But first some earlier history:
N.J. Menko:
Founded by Nathan Jacob Menko in 1839, later taken over by his son Sigmund Nathan Menko (1877-1962).
On http://www.joodscheraadenschede.nl/Onderwerpen/Wederopbouw is a video of the factory from 1947 (9 MB).
Roombeek:
Also founded by Nathan Jacob Menko in 1912
J.J. Rozendaal:
Also spelled as Roozendaal, with double 'o'. I can't find any information of this factory from before the fireworks explosion.
Bamshoeve:
Founded by the directors of textile factory Blijdenstein & Co in 1896. The name is from the farm "De Bamsplaats" which was bought and demolished to build the factory.
Last part of this video shows the Bamshoeve (and before that Van Heek & Co and Blijdenstein factories): http://www.joodscheraadenschede.nl/Onderwerpen/Wederopbouw/198.htm
In it's last years the factory complex was used for various purposes, amongst others a group of artists had taken residence here. There website is still www.bamshoeve.nl


May 13, 2000

A small fire at a fireworks company resulted in a gigantic explosion, flattening several blocks of houses. Everywhere fires started, destroying a large area of the city.
Miraculously 'only' 23 people were killed, amongst whom 5 firemen. Almost a thousand people were injured.

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(former) prime minister Wim Kok, queen Beatrix, policewoman and mayor Mans

For more information, just search for "vuurwerkramp" on google.

On the next pages is what you came here for, an exploration of the remaining factory buildings

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