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The blood well for the animal blood disappeared around 1850, but the name remained in use. There was a regular change at this location, for train connections or for the road widening, but the Bruggelingen always mentioned the identification of the place at the Bloedpit.
The Toponymisierungskommission therefore thought in 1971 that they should give the name an official future, if at this point a street name had to be changed. There were two streets in Greater Bruges called Sint-Trudo, and for historical reasons it was decided to keep them in Assebroek. For those in the city center, the commission "Blood Well" considered a good substitute. After all, it was argued: Bloodput is an old place name that is still global. The city council accepted that name, but he died before the city council could approve. The neighbors were shot and found this name too cruel for their quiet street. They were satisfied and the name was changed to Father Damiaanstraat.
Nevertheless, toponymists continue to see the street name appear in the neighborhood. At the crossroads on the ring road R30, intersection of Guido Gezellelaan - Bevrijdingslaan and on the other side Gulden-Vlieslaan - Hoefijzerlaan the name Bloedput was given. On 4 November 1980, the Advisory Committee proposed that the roundabout ('roundabout', where no one had its address) be designated at the reported intersection. This was unanimously approved at the municipal council meeting of 17 February 1981. It was intended that this was a roundabout, but it is just a traffic junction with traffic lights. The place is clearly near the exact location where the blood well was. The historical memory is served by this without anyone having to write this address on his business card.
Many cards incorrectly describe that Bloedput would be the name for a piece of Karel De Stoutelaan at the intersection with the Guilder-Vlieslaan. Although this is the place where the historic blood well lay, as described above, it does not match the current official name.
December 30, 2017
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