If you walk through The Hague and take a good look at the buildings, there are 1001 things that stand out. One of those striking things are those long, iron, black anchors on the walls of houses. What are they actually for?

If you look out for them, you will see them everywhere, especially in old houses or buildings. You also have these anchors on houses in all shapes and sizes. They are also called wall anchors, wall irons or beam anchors. This is why those anchors are on the walls.

No buckling walls

In old houses, floors are often supported by beams. This is also known as the storey beam layer. The anchors were placed on the outside of the walls to connect these beams to the facade. That way you ensure that the wall does not buckle. The beams on the ground floor do not need anchors, because the ground layer ensures that the walls cannot give way.

After 61 wall anchors were hardly placed on the outside walls anymore. Sometimes you can still see them in buildings built after that time. These are decorative anchors and these are purely for decoration. Thanks to the invention of the cavity wall, the wall anchors were located in the inner leaf of the wall, so that they are no longer visible from the outside.

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