Dr. Schaepmanstraat


Dr. Schaepmanstraat


north side 6 properties in a row starting at the yellow parcel and running northeast to southwest to the singel across from the Oostpoort. The inner property A0991, colored orange, is a gate and a little house on the Wandkaart below.

current use: 

neighborhood of 40+ residences (mostly) and stores stretching almost the length of Dr. Schaepmanstraat, on its north side, from the Oostsingel to Cornelis Musiusstraat, bounded halfway along on the other side by Van der Madestraat

year built: 
1910 (singel end), mostly 1912, and 1918 (Musiusstraat end)
ORA inv. 281-283 or 285 fol.: 
no one
family owner: 
Thonis Philips Leeuwenhoek
sale letter fol.: 
Hendrick van der Linde 5c159

Grandfather Thonis Philips Leeuwenhoek (-1643) is the first owner recorded in the notary archives of those properties across the singel -- A0985 - A0991 now on Dr. Schaepmanstraat. The property records ORA 285 note that it is in the Poortland area south of the Duijvelsgath.

On the map below, it's the long rectangle in the center with a sloot on all sides. On the left looks like a dike or path. The end closest to the singel has a gate that has a little house attached to it and another little house just to the left of it.

Thonis Philips bequeathed these properties to his son and Antony's uncle Huijch Thonis Leeuwenhoek (-1669) in his will of April 2, 1643 (notary: Guilliaume de Graeff) – (alhier vertoont op June 13, 1668)? From the illustrations on the map, this property was a large cabbage garden (Coolthuijn) with a small gate house, perhaps tool shed?

This tradition of individual family gardens has survived today in the volktuinen (people's gardens), often complete with structures ranging from sheds to fully provisioned cottages.

To get home from picking vegetables and fruit for dinner, Antony went out of the gate and turned left along the singel, over the little bridge and around the water to the Oostpoort. Once through the gate, it was just a couple of houses along the east side of the Oosteinde gracht to his house.

It is not documented when Hendrick van der Linde acquired it. Thus, Antony may be speaking of this garden in his letters of 1680: April 5 to Robert Hooke and May 13 to Thomas Gale.

1832 Kadaster number: 

A0985 - A0991