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Spijker, an old Dutch word for warehouse. The Dutch Mennonites in the 16-17th centuries often bought warehouses and adapted them for use as meetinghouses; hence the name "spijker" sometimes remained usual for these meetinghouses. In Amsterdam the Groote Spijker near the Jan Rodenpoorts Toren on the Singel Canal was from 1604 the meetinghouse of the Amsterdam Waterlander congregation. It remained in use after the Waterlander merger with the Lamist congregation in 1668. In 1801 after a fusion of Lamists and Zonists in Amsterdam, the pulpit and the organ of the Zon meetinghouse were installed in the Groote Spijker. This meetinghouse was used until 1812, and was razed in 1814. Its organ and pulpit are now in the Leeuwarden church, which bought them in 1812 for 2800 Dutch guilders.

Before the Waterlanders acquired the Groote Spijker, they had held their meetings in the Kleine Spijker in the Teerketelsteeg. This Kleine Spijker (Oude Spijker) was taken over by a Frisian Mennonite congregation in 1604.


Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, Nos. 82-99, 1341 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Zijpp, Nanne van der. (1959). Spijker. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 April 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Spijker&oldid=109962.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 595-596. All rights reserved.

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