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Names from the Middle Ages

Some streets in Zutphen still retain the names they were given during medieval times. Melatensteeg (Leper alley) is a small alleyway named for the lepers who were made to to live here in small houses outside the city because people were afraid of their disease. They were allowed to beg for food in the centre of the town.

The poorest people lived in small wooden houses in a narrow street called ‘Armenhage’ (Poor people’s Hedge). The tiny houses were built against the city wall.