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Longerhou (The Netherlands)

Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Longerhou village flag] Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 19 Apr 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma

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Longerhou village

Longerhou (Dutch: Longerhouw) is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality in the province of Fryslân.
Flag: four hoistdiagonal stripes of yellow and red; at the hoist the narrowed municipal flag.
adopted 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma.
Arms: per bend or and gules with a cross couped countercharged.
In the Middle Ages Longerhou was a parish with its own priest, but after the Reformation it had to share its vicar with the village of Skettens. That is the reason why the cross is cut in two.
The village has c. 100 inhabitants and boasts a 13th century church. "Hou(w)" was a common meadow, later the name of a farm, neighbourhood or village. When you're approaching Fryslân via the Ofslútdyk you will see on the right a farm with huge letters "Houw", which had two meanings: the name of the farm; and that the Ofslútdyk was held against the Germans in May 1940.

Source: It Beaken, jrg. xxxi, # 3-4, Dec 1969
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958
Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005


Longerhou Coat of Arms

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