Not a native Hengeloër, but I have lived there since 1976 and therefore feel like a Hengeloër and I am also involved in what happens within our city limits. So I thought it was worth dedicating a section of my site to the city. By the way, the photo below was taken by myself from a hot air balloon in August 2014.
The city has lost a lot of history. As far as I'm concerned, not everything was better in the past, but I still think it's interesting to take a closer look at the city of the past in order to make the connection with the present. And as far as I'm concerned, I don't have to go back to the past, but I would like it if we are a bit more economical with the history that is still present. And if we can combine that with the new, something beautiful can arise.... I started with Hengelo from the past, but in the future I certainly want to post something about Hengelo today.

The map of old Hengelo is from about 1935-1936. This can be seen from the map of the center: the Twentse Bontweverij on the Oldenzaalsestraat has been demolished and the new market square has been drawn up. Incidentally, all the photos in the cards are from the pre-war era, but not all of the same age. Many photos are from the first twenty years of the last century. Nor did I intend to make a meticulous reconstruction, there are other agencies for that. It's just about the impression.

Below is a photo that, in my opinion, shows the total change of Hengelo in the 20th century. It is the Langestraat around 1900 and Hengelo was still really a farming village. Nowadays one would be careful with such a street, but Hengelo has had the "bad luck" due to the rapid development of the industry. Cars had to be able to drive through the street and people wanted more luxury. The war later did the rest and Hengelo has changed beyond recognition.
There is also a lot of discussion at the moment regarding the "commotion" in the city. Nice to have an idea of what it used to be like. I have tried to create an image of old catering locations in the city. Projected that on a map of 1963. I also limited myself to the catering industry up to and including the 1960s and 1970s. Of course a lot has changed in recent years, but enough is written about that elsewhere.

Since many of the photos are already very old, copyright issues do not play a role here. However, when compiling these cards, the photos and information that Pieter Schipper has placed in have helped me a lot. Thanks for that!