Last stone in Boxtel laid!

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November 23, 2023

While symbolic attention is often paid to the first stone during the implementation of a project, there was a special moment in Boxtel at the beginning of November when councilor Fred van Nistelrooij laid the last stone. The Brunaplein in the Rechtstraat will thus be given the special interpretation with coins made of natural stone (based on archaeological finds) that the place deserves.

The promotion brings together two special features of Boxtel. Already in Roman times there was a ford here in the Dommel, indicated by a beech. Later, the Rechterstraat became part of the first paved cobblestone road in the southern Netherlands. In 1742, the street was paved on behalf of the city of 's-Hertogenbosch and served as a trade route between 's-Hertogenbosch and Liège.

Many Boxtel men earned their living by building and maintaining the road, which gave them the nickname Keistampers in the surrounding villages. The efforts made to pave this economic route demonstrate the importance of Boxtel as a Brabant trading village.

Many historical coins have been found on the Brunaplein and in Boxtel that confirm the history and that have been placed in chronological order on the square in the form of natural stone engravings. In addition, there is a large engraving on the square, with the historical map from around 1801, including the right-hand street of that time.

What is special is that both features of Boxtel are expressed in one element in one of the oldest places in Boxtel. As part of the realization of the strategic vision for Boxtel Binnen de Bruggen.