The town council decided in 1620 to look for a place where a small church could establish: the choice fell on the Prinsenmarkt. The first stone of the Noorderkerk - built by the town carpenter Hendrick Staets - was laid on June 15th, 1622 and in use on April 16th, 1623. The Prinsenmarkt was renamed in 1630 to Noordermarkt.
The Church is an example for many Protestant worship, which were built in the Republic. The floor has the shape of a Greek cross, with small triangles in the cross arms. The interior makes a powerful impression by the four heavy pillars, which the high vaults. Originally there was a graveyard around the Church: the Northern Cemetery. The pots market was ordered to the cemetery of the Noorderkerk and there came by a decision of the rag market in 1627.
This cemetery in 1688 was lifted and moved to Haarlem. The craftsman and his wife were in no shop or warehouse so very at ease, as to those large open counter, which the noordermarkt since 1627 all week. The market in these early times is very popular with the Locals and specially the women begin the war ' on Monday ' des went patches. The market square also remains a Center for the pigeons trade, particularly conveniently located for those who love out of Jordan. Old hats should be sold since 1703, the straw market was going there.