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Ouderkerk a/d IJssel (The Netherlands)

Ouderkerk municipality, Zuid-Holland province

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[Ouderkerk aan den IJssel flag] by Jarig Bakker, 20 Apr 2005
adopted 30 Oct 1972 See also:

Ouderkerk aan den IJssel flag

Ouderkerk aan den IJssel is a former municipality in Zuid-Holland province, since 1985 part of the new municipality of Ouderkerk.
Flag: five wavy stripes of white and blue, proportioned 1:1:3:1:1 with on the central stripe at the hoist three black crescents in a horizontal row, pointing towards the hoist.
adopted by municipal resolution 30 Oct 1972.
Arms: argent three crescents noir, turned dexter.
Granted 24 Jul 1816
The crescents are derived from the arms of the Van Polanen family, which was related to the Wassenaar (= crescent) family.

Ouderkerk a/d IJssel is in the Krimpenerwaard, opposite Capelle aan den IJssel. It has a 15th century church with the family-vault of the Counts of Nassau-Ouwerkerk.

Nickname: "Klokkedieven" - Once upon a time the Ouderkerkers and Ridderkerkers ordered both a new churchbell. Both bells were delivered at the same time, but the Ouderkerker bell was a bit dented. They got the bells exchanged, for which the Ridderkerkers were rewarded with a ham. Nevertheless the Ouderkerkers stayed "Bell-thieves" ever since...

Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentevlaggen en Wapens Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001.
"Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland", by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 20 Apr 2005

Ouderkerk a/d IJssel Coat of Arms

[Ouderkerk aan den IJssel Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 20 Apr 2005
Granted 24 Jul 1816

Arms: argent three crescents noir, turned dexter.