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Lemsterland (The Netherlands)

Fryslân province

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by andrew weeks
Keywords: lemsterland | oosterzee |
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Lemsterland municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 19 Sep 1961.

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Lemsterland municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 13.241; area: 124,37 km². Settlements: Lemmer (seat), Bantega, Delfstrahuizen, Echten, Echtenerbrug, Eesterga, Follega, Oosterzee, Oosterzee-Buren.
Lemsterland/Lemsterlân is in central south Friesland. The flag was adopted 19 September 1961; the colors were derived from the municipal Coat of Arms.
The old flag of the municipal seat, Lemmer, had a split flag (swallowtail?), dominated by color green, with a red cross.
Source: Sierksma, Nederlands vlaggenboek, 1962.
Jarig Bakker, 30 August 1999

Lemsterland Coat of Arms

Lemsterland Coat of ArmsInternational Civic Arms :

Granted 25 Mar 1818.

Oosterzee village

[Oosterzee village] image by Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006
adopted 21 Nov 2005; design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk

Mr. Rudolf Broersma just sent me the image of the flag of Oosterzee, a village in the municipality of Lemsterland.
The flag is: a blue hoist, at the fly 3 equally wide horizontal stripes of green, white and black.

Oosterzee (Frisian: Eastersee) lies along the largest Frisian lake, the Tsjûkemar (Tjeukemeer) and has c. 800 inhabitants divided into the neighbourhoods Oosterzee-Buren and Oosterzee - Gieterse brug. The village was formerly the seat of the "grietenij" (municipality) Lemsterland, where since 1500 the "grietmannen" (Mayors) lived. It has a unique church with a bell dating from 1498, and there is the Roordamonument with the first stone of the Roordastate (fortified house).
The yachtharbour is appropriately located at the pub "Brette Hoanne" (roasted cockerel).
The Gietersebrug is a reminder of peat-digging which took place there in the 18th/19th century, mainly by Giethoorners (Overijssel). Peat made place for milk, there arrived a dairy factory, a factory of agricultural appliances and a Limnological Institute (Research in lake-water). Now all factories and the Institute are closed, but MetaalPlus is using the former dairy factory for its productions, while the village is preparing facilities for yachting and other fun. Unfortunately the Tsjûkemar is
unfit for yachting (under 1 m. deep), except for the canal Lemmer-Groningen passing through it.
Source: village website.

Formerly the Oosterzeeïngerland belonged to the village, a large stretch of meadows, which became peatland in the 19th century (now Bantega village, some kms south), and reached till the Zuiderzee. Oosterzee was the birthplace of Menso Poppius, a 16th century Calvinist preacher.
Count Willem I of Holland (1203-1222) built a castle here in 1197 for his bride Adelheid van Gelre. At the time he was count of Oostergo and Westergo.
Source: Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Oct 2006

Today (21 Nov 2005) the Society for Village interests (Plaatselijk Belang) celebrated its centennium. During the celebration the new village flag, designed by the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk, was hoisted. Its colors symbolize: blue for "zee" (sea), black for peat, green for grass and white (silver) for money derived from all sources.
Source: Leeuwarder Courant.
Stefan Lambregts, 9 Oct 2006

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