Toren (Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands)
Toren, a former meetinghouse at Amsterdam. About 1565 the Waterlander Mennonite church of Amsterdam obtained a warehouse on the Singel Canal between Bergstraat and Torensluis close to the Jan-Rodenburgstoren (dungeon). This building was remodeled and adapted as a meetinghouse and commonly called either "de groote Spijker" (warehouse) or the meetinghouse "by den Toren," also "van den Toren." In 1668, when the Waterlander congregation merged with the Lamists, both meetinghouses henceforth were used by what was then called the United Flemish and Waterlander church. In 1801, when the Zonist congregation of Amsterdam merged with this United church, the Zonist meetinghouse was closed, its pulpit and pipe organ transferred to the Toren church (first used 17 January 1802) from then mostly called the "kleine" (small) church, while the Lamist church, the present Singel church, was called the "groote" (large) church.
In 1812 the church board resolved to give up the Toren meetinghouse. The last service in the Toren was led by Pastor A. H. van Gelder on 26 April 1812. The organ and pulpit were sold for 2500 Dutch guilders to the Mennonite congregation at Leeuwarden where they are still found in the church at Wirdumerdijk. After 1812 for a few years the former Toren church was used for various purposes until demolished in 1815.
Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam. 2 v. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, Nos. 91-99, 265-81.
Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, (1815): 53 ff.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 738. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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