The Grote Houtstraat in Haarlem was originally just called the "Houtstraat" (Wood street) as it was the major road leading from the Grote Markt to the woods called the Haarlemmerhout. Until the 15th century it ended at what is today the Gedempte Oude Gracht, at that time the southern canal of the city. In the 15th century the town expanded southwards and the street was extended to the Gasthuissingel and a large town gate was placed near the bridge, which has since been torn down.
The Dutch version of Monopoly includes three streets of Haarlem including the Barteljorisstraat, the Zijlweg, and the "Houtstraat" which refers to the Grote Houtstraat and the Kleine Houtstraat. All four of these streets are shopping streets today that connect pedestrians from the north, west and south to the Grote Markt.
The shops in what was once known as the St. Joris Doelen, today called the Proveniershuis. The paintings of the civic guard of St. George by Frans Hals once hung in these two buildings (the building on the right corner was the meeting hall with the residence of the castelein or keeper attached).
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- De straat waarin wij in Haarlem wonen; geschiedenis en verklaring der Haarlemse straatnamen, G. H. Kurtz, 1965
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