Having casual conversations with a few people who have been in Eindhoven since decades and have seen the war, was a starting point to understand the city and its history. As the conversations became non serious, I decided to dig and know the history of the growth of the city stating centuries ago.
Area around the todays septemberplein looked like in 1450.
here are two maps. One juxtaposed on the other, showing the actual centrum and the growth of the city and the streets and the road (in the second map) in 1560’s. The second map shows the rebuilt city after a massive fire that burnt the city in 1544.
This impression/map from 1630 shows how the canals were built and the city expanded into the oval shape that it holds currently. This is when Eindhoven officially became a part of Netherlands after built and re-built because of many fires and wars.
This is a map of the expanded and developed Eindhoven, after the industrial revolution.
Market street from 1890.
Eindhoven embraced Industrial revolution, according to some local people, it brought about the second face of the city, the modern industrialized face. But the WWII flattened the city yet again.
Arial shot of Woensel area. The areas around Woensel were not developed then. destroyed.