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Location type: Culture
Location address: 8620, Nieuwpoort, Hendrikaplein, 11
Number of texts: 1
3 stars
Made by Westtoer Mirra | © All rights reserved
Made by Westtoer Mirra | © All rights reserved

On the left bank of the channel the first tourist building, i.e. the pavillon des Bains, was constructed in 1864. One year later, a 3km long connecting road between Nieuwpoort-town and bath was built and in 1869 the railway track to Diksmuide-Nieuwpoort was extended up to the seaside resort. From 1864 till 1893 the expansion of Nieuwpoort-Bad was almost the monopoly of baron Benjamin Crombez, at that moment owner of all plots of the seaside resort. His working method met with criticism and also the fact that Niewpoort Zeebaden belonged to Oostduinkerke at that time, was a brake for the evolution of the tourisme.
in 1893 the tide turned, when the administration of the seaside resort was left to a new company “Grand Hôtels et Villas de Nieuport Bains”.
The expansion and further construction activities were interrupted by the two World Wars, when the resort was transformed in to a hearp of rubble.
On the occasion of a referendum in 1947 the majority of the in habitants declared themselves in favour of a transfer of the seaside resort from Oostduinkerke to Nieuwpoort. In 1949 this was confirmed officially.

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