|Official name||Grote Brouwerssluis|
Bridge 62, Grote Brouwerssluis,¹ is a short beam bridge spanning the north-western end of the Leliegracht in central Amsterdam.
Historically, the Brouwerssluis – along with its larger neighbour, the Leliesluis – played an important role in regulating the water levels between the Jordaan and the city’s central canal network.
The two sets of floodgates were removed in the 19th century,² but traces of the lock can still be seen in the brick piers either side of the water.
¹ ‘Large Brewer’s Canal’; As with the Brouwersgracht two blocks north and the Kleine Brouwerssluis further south, Grote Brouwerssluis takes its name from the large number of breweries based in the area in the 16th and 17th centuries.
² Bakker, Theo, Sluizen, Keringen en Duikers in Amsterdam (p33).