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Leeuwarderadeel (The Netherlands)

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Leeuwarderadeel municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 8 Aug 1963

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Leeuwarderadeel municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 10.658; area: 41,38 km². Settlements: Stiens (seat), Bartlehiem (ged), Britsum, Cornjum, Finkum, Hijum, Jelsum, Oude Leije.
Leeuwarderadeel is the original "grietenij" (municipality) with the city of Leeuwarden as seat. It was divided in three "trimdelen", of which the Central trimdeel became the separate municipality of Leeuwarden. The Southern trimdeel was merged with Leeuwarden in 1944 (whereby
Present flag adopted 8 Aug 1963. Description: three equally wide horizontal stripes blue - yellow - blue, with a white hoist-triangle containing a green clover-leaf. Leeuwarderadeel lost its seat, Huizum). The new seat was the village of Stiens in the Northern trimdeel.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Jul 2003

Leeuwarderadeel wimpel

[Leeuwarderadeel wimpel] by Jarig Bakker, 25 Aug 2003

The wimpel of Leeuwarderadeel was adopted by municipal resolution on 30 Sep 1999.
Description: a square blue hoist charged with a yellow lion rampant tail with a bent top, two vertical stripes red - white.
Leeuwarderadeel adopted the use of a municipal wimpel, following other municipalities. This was a personal initiative by Mr. Brouwer of Stiens, based on the fact that in 1998 it was 35 years ago that the municipal flag had been adopted, and that it was time to have a banner. He designed three proposals, which he offered to the municipal council. However the council did already have a design. To avoid unnecessary conflicts the council decided to consult the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk. That council had made designs in 1984 for wimpels for all Frisian municipalities, and had sent them to the municipalities, and published in Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986. It had in mind to prevent wildgrowth and to make a clear and historically justified system.
The municipality of Leeuwarderadeel originally did not respond, so that design was left untouched. The FRfH praised the initiative of Mr. Brouwer and the wisdom of the municipal council to adopte finally the first design. That decision was a bit sore for Mr. Brouwer, but it was stated that it was thanks to him that finally an official wimpel had been adopted.
Source: Genealogysk Jieboekje 2000.
<comment of Mr. Brouwer: "#$%@#$ ^%$#$!">
Jarig Bakker, 25 Aug 2003

Leeuwarderadeel 1935 flag

[Leeuwarderadeel 1935 flag] by Jarig Bakker, 1 Jul 2003

In Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62] no image is included, just a (vague) description:
"Leeuwarden - Ljourteradiel; the municipal colors are green, white, yellow, and blue. In 1935 at the occasion of the feasts around the 750 years of existence  of "Groot-Leeuwarden" flags of four equally wide horizontal stripes in these colors were used".
Jarig Bakker, 1 Jul 2003

Leeuwarderadeel 1938 flag

[Leeuwarderadeel 1938 flag] by Jarig Bakker, 1 Jul 2003

The "Encyclopedie van het Hedendaagse Friesland, 1975" lists another flag: the Frisian flag with in the left upper corner the municipal arms.
This flag was probably used in 1938 on the occasion of Queen Wilhelmina's 40th reign jubilee.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Jul 2003

Leeuwarderadeel Coat of Arms

Leeuwarderadeel Coat of ArmsInternational Civic Arms :

Granted 25 Mar 1818.