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The Stairway Bridge is the only one of its kind in Gouda. Already in 1507 there was a stone bridge on this site. This bridge was also called the Vuilsteegbrug, because it was located opposite the Vuilsteeg; an alley leading to the garbage dump on the city vest, nowadays the Regentesseplantsoen. In the 19th century the name Vuilsteeg was changed to the current name Lange Dwarsstraat. On the other side of the Trappenbrug is the Geertje de Bultsteeg, an alley that forms the connection between the Turfmarkt and the Groenendaal with the Arie Kerssensteegje and the Looierspoort. In 1574 the existing bridge was replaced by a newly built stairway bridge. The height of the bridge was necessary, so that the peat vessels could pass this bridge unhindered. The name Turfmarkt recalls the time when the peat from the surrounding peatlands was traded here. Peat ships sailed via the Turfsingel and the Gouwe to the Turfmarkt.
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