From excavations dating back to the 1400’s, the foundations of the old church and graveyard in “Oud Diemen” were discovered. This graveyard has always been a source of fascination for me. I remember this area when it was a vibrant farming community. Some of the homes in the background are remodeled from the original old farm buildings. I was born not far from here and remember the walks my dad and I used to take along the “Oud Diemerlaan” when I was an infant.
“Diemen takes its name from the river Diem, which in the Middle Ages was a connection between the Bijlmer , the Gaasp and the Zuiderzee . A thousand years ago it was peat land area and the first inhabitants settled down. They probably came from the area of Utrecht .
Excavations have shown that there was occupation from the 11th century near the Diem. The earliest record dates from 1033, and thus is Diemen one of the first settlements in this area and some two centuries older than Amsterdam . In the 13th century the Diem was dammed with Diemerdam in Diemerzeedijk .
Old Diemen residents lived in an approximately three-meter high mound, near the current new district Diemen North , where a wooden church and houses stood. Remains of a stone church from the 15th century, when archaeological excavations recovered. The foundations of the church in the cemetery “Remember the dead” (Gedenk te Sterven) were discovered.
In the 17th century Old Diemen was the core and the inhabitants lived mainly by agriculture. In this century, this village was immortalized several times by Rembrandt in etchings and drawings. After the construction of the Muiderkerk Trekvaart and Weespertrekvaart in 1638 and 1640, the center of the town moved to the Diemer Bridge , the current Hartveldseweg” (some of this was quoted from Wikipedia – translation into English by Google isn’t always the best). Rain made for tricky hand held exposures.
Camera and film:- Minolta Maxxum 7000i – Ilford HP5 400. Developed in PMK 1+2+100 @ 76° for 10 minutes. Printed on Arista EDU Ultra VCFB in Moersch ECO 4812. Bleached @ 1:50 for 1 minute. Toned with MT3 50+130+800 for 1 minute. Scanned from silver gelatin print.