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Littenseradiel [Municipality] (The Netherlands)

Fryslân province

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Littenseradeel municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 26 Jan 1984

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Littenseradiel municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 10.837; area: 132,60 km². Settlements: Wommels (seat), Baaium, Baard, Bears, Boazum, Britswert, Easterein, Easterlittens, Easterwierrum, Hidaard, Hilaard, Hinnaard, Húns, Iens, Itens, Jellum, Jorwert, Kûbaard, Leons, Lytsewierrum, Mantgum, Reahûs, Rien, Spannum, Waaksens, Weidum, Winsum, Wiuwert, Wjelsryp,
Littenseradeel/Littenseradiel is in central Friesland, just southwest of the provincial capital Leeuwarden. It is a new municipality (since 1 Jan 1984), formed from Baarderadeel and Hennaarderadeel and its name is derived from the tiny village of Oosterlittens and its popular story. ('It pealtsje fan Easterlittens')(**see story below -Ed)
Flag adopted 26 Jan 1984 by municipal resolution. This flag is a simplification of the municipal arms, in the colors of the Frisian flag and the flag of Westergo.
Description: Two equally wide horizontal stripes with in the canton a yellow six-pointed star, and at hoist-bottom a red rose.
The star is from the former Baarderadeel flag; the rose from the former Hennaarderadeel flag.
Source: the Littenseradiel website.
Jarig Bakker, 30 August 1999

** It pealtsje fan Easterlittens (Het paaltje van Oosterlittens)

The Easterlittens peg

In Easterlittens once lived a poor shoemaker, who used to dream of being rich. Then one night he dreamed that if he were to go to the Papenbrug in Amsterdam, he'd find his fortune. The next morning, after kissing his wife, he set off for Amsterdam. And there for three days he wandered to and fro over the Papenbrug. Then a beggar asked him: "Hey! Why do you keep hanging around?"
"Well, I dreamed I would find my fortune at the Papenbrug." "Man, dreams are deceptions," said the beggar: "I've been dreaming for three nights now, that a treasure lies buried under a peg in a shoemaker's bleach-field in Oosterlittens. But it's just a dream!"
The shoemaker went home as fast as he could, and immediately dug out the peg. And sure enough, under it lay a large iron kettle full of silver pieces. He was rich!
Eventually, he and his wife decided they wouldn't tell anyone where their wealth came from, but they did replace the peg with a decorated stone pole. And if nobody moved it, it should be there still.


Littenseradiel Coat of Arms

[Littenseradiel Coat of Arms] the Littenseradiel website.

Granted 22 Mar 1984


Baerderadiel [former municipality]

Baarderadeel former municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net

Hennaarderadeel [former municipality]

former hennaarderadeel Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net

Hennaarderadeel - Hinnaerderadiel was southeast of Franeker, an agricultural region. Municipal seat: Wommels. It was part of the old region of Westergo and in the middle ages suffered under the fights between the Schieringers and Vetkopers, as well as under the 'Donia-wars' (15th century).
The municipal flag was adopted 28 June 1963 and was abolished 1984, when the municipality became part of Littenseradeel. Description: Blue with a white fly-wise bend with on it with from top to bottom a green clover, a red five-leaved rose and a green six-pointed star. The flag is nearly identical to the Coat of Arms, derived from several noble families which had lived here.
Jarig Bakker, 27 October 1999