Bremeck hammer

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Front view of the Bremeck hammer
Dam of the Bremecke behind the hammer
A tail hammer in the museum

The Bremecker Hammer is a listed hammer mill in Lüdenscheid , North Rhine-Westphalia , which today houses a museum on the history of the blacksmith's trade.


The hammer on the upper reaches of the Verse near Lüdenscheid-Brüninghausen is a vivid testimony to the iron industry from pre-industrial and early industrial times. It can be traced back to 1753 and received its current structural form around 1880. In 1972 the hammer was initially shut down, but was reactivated six years later. In order to keep the system operational, all existing devices and machines were repaired. In 1980 the now so-called Schmiedemuseum Bremecker Hammer of the city of Lüdenscheid was opened.

The range of machines and equipment on display is very diverse. Original equipment of the hammer include Bremecker about the complete transmission and a turbine with electric motor of 1910. Furthermore, a wire drawing , a Stellmacherei , a blacksmith and a file cutting established. Forge fires, annealing furnaces, forgings and all kinds of tools such as pulley blocks and blacksmith tongs are on display and hardly leave any space around some of the larger forging hammers. Of the large exhibits, a double- tail hammer from the Nahmer Valley is particularly worth mentioning. The particularly tough wrought iron Osemund was once made on it . It is used again and again on special occasions.

Despite the close proximity to the verse, its water power apparently remains unused. The Bremecker Hammer, however, is built into the verse over the mouth of the Bremecke brook . This drives a waterwheel, dammed behind the building, and thus the tail hammer. As one below the Versetalsperre branching ditch the verse ends in the storage pond of Bremecke side, so proportionately but also used verses water.

By its status as a station, both the Mark Brandenburg Road Technical cultural monuments and the European Route of Industrial Heritage , the local and international significance of the technology history testifies Museum Bremecker hammer. With it, the city of Lüdenscheid would like to illustrate the development of the blacksmith's trade from hand forge to industrial drop hammer at a historical location for future generations . A particular attraction are the regular blacksmithing demonstrations, during which many of the forging hammers, ovens and food are operated. They bring blacksmithing and early industrial production techniques back to life in many different ways.

Visitor numbers

In 2012 a total of 6,500 visitors were counted in the museum at Bremecker Hammer.

Individual evidence

  1. Article from the Westfälische Rundschau from January 11, 2013: "Exhibitions - prototype for exhibition concept"


  • Heimatbund Märkischer Kreis / Ed. (1983): “Art and history monuments in the Märkischer Kreis”, p. 443/444, ISBN 3-89053-000-1

Web links

Commons : Bremecker Hammer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 51 ° 12 '24 "  N , 7 ° 41' 34"  E