Barend Ubbinkweg , 6981 EC Doesburg
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In 1896, Barend Ubbink established an iron foundry near Doesburg—Gieterij Ubbink b.v. He chose a convenient location for shipping at the mouth of the river the Oude IJssel in the Gelderse IJssel.
In the early 1900s, cast iron was in great demand, and dozens of iron foundries were established in the Netherlands. Four foundries were established in the Oude IJssel area. Products produced back in the day included eastpans, windows, stoves, lampposts, grave crosses. Some of these cast-iron grave crosses can still be found at the old general cemetery of Doesburg. Later, Gieterij Doesburg started producing parts for the automotive industry, including brake drums and other parts. The bulk of the production today is still for the automotive and tractor industry.
In its peak years, the company employed over 500 people. The foundry, which now smelts using an induction furnace, masters the production of a special type of cast iron, so-called malleable iron, which exhibits good ductility.
Gieterij Doesburg is one of the few iron foundries still operating in the Oude IJssel region.
Places of interest in the area
On your way from Gieterij Doesburg to the memorial of the Keppelsche IJzergieterij:
De Waag, Koepoortstraat 2–4 - Doesburg
Stadsbierhuys De Waag has been around since 1478. A nice place in the centre of Doesburg where you can go for a coffee/tea and a slice of cake, lunch or dinner. The perfect place to have a bite to eat before you start your journey.
Church cemetery in Drempt
As soon as you drive into Drempt and turn left, you will see a church with a cemetery. The cemetery still has some cast-iron tombstones.
TOP Laag Keppel, Dorpsstraat 30 - Laag Keppel
From TOP Laag Keppel, you can walk a short, three-kilometre route, which takes you to several iron-related locations. Perfect for those who want to stretch their legs and see something extra. You walk past the mansion of the former owner of the Keppelsche Iron Foundry with cast iron windows, fencing, balcony and stairs and along the Slakweg, which is paved with slag, a waste product from chunks of ore. An impressive cast-iron gate from 1898, with the Wilhelmina inscription, is located near Keppel Castle. The route also leads you past the water mill, a historic lock and weir complex and along a footpath along the water. Start the walk at TOP Laag Keppel or from the Oude IJssel path to the Bommen Berend marina.