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Blauwhuis (The Netherlands)

Wymbritseradiel municipality, Fryslân province

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Blauwhuis village (Blauhûs)

Blauwhuis (Frisian: Blauh?s, meaning Blue House) is a village in Wymbritseradiel municipality, Fryslân province, with (1958) 543; (1974) 502 inhabitants. It is named after the formerly quite rare blue tiled roofs. Until 1949 it was a hamlet under the village of Westhem. It is a Roman Catholic enclave in a predominantly protestant environment, totally dominated by the home for the elderly "St. Theresia". (a huge concrete building surrounded by tiny houses). In the polder-house of the Sensmeer (made dry 1632) a priest settled himself in 1651. The village is now world-famous in Fryslân by the "Blauhúster Dakkapel", which produces a helluvalotofnoise during speed skating matches and matches of the soccerclub Heerenveen, armed with one (or two) bottles of Sonnema Beerenburg (for medicinal purposes).
Nickname: "Blaumiggen" (blue midges), derived from the place name, referring to insects thriving on dung heaps and carrion; in Fryslân also used to honor the strong arm of the law, aka "plysjes".
Blauwhuis coat of arms: per fess blue and silver; a. in blue a golden fishing boat fully rigged; b. in silver three red water lily leaves, placed 2-1.
Flag: Two equally wide horizontal stripes of blue and white, with in blue towards the hoist a yellow fishing boat fully rigged; in white towards the hoist a red water lily leaf, each with 7/16 flag height.
The village itself requested a flag and coat of arms for the village; designs were put forward to the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk, which approved of it, and embellished a design to make it heraldically correct.
The village-arms are based on the main colors of the coat of arms of Westergo, blue and silver; on the blue part a ship was placed , as used by the sweet-water fishers in the lake nearby. In silver three red water lily leaves (pompebledden) were placed representing the typical Frisian character of this cheerful village with its renowned "Dakkapel".
The village flag is based on the village-coat of arms, again based on the Westergo-colors (which can also be found on all municipal wimpels within this former shire).
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1989.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 23 Sep 2003

Blauwhuis coat of arms

[Blauwhuis Coat of Arms] from Ralf Hartemink's site.