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Hoogeloon c.a. (The Netherlands)

Bladel municipality, Noord-Brabant province

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former municipality of Hoogeloon etc Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 27 May 1986

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Hoogeloon, Hapert en Casteren [former municipality]

Hoogeloon c.a. or Hoogeloon, Hapert en Casteren is a former municipality in Noord-Brabant province, since 1997 part of the municipality of Bladel.
Flag: per hoistchevron divided in black, yellow, red, yellow, red. The apex of the black field is in flagcenter, the other chevrons have a width of 1/5 flagheight and form an angle of 110° with flagtop. In black a yellow lion of 9/10 flagheight.
adopted 27 May 1986

Old parading flag: rectangular, consisting of 6 white and 6 red blocks with in top hoist the municipal arms on a blue field of 1/4 of the total field.
The flag was never officially adopted but was used by the municipality of Hoogeloon c.a. (used as parading flag in 1935).
Visser has an image with 10 red and 10 white blocks, but that doesn't fulfill the description, wherefore I made it plain square.

Arms: azure a lion rampant or armed gules; the shield surmounted by a crown or of three leaves and two pearls.
Granted 4 Mar 1958
note: the municipality had this arms already since 28 Sep 1819 without blazoning and without a crown, and the lion all or. In 1989 it was granted a new coat of arms with the (for Brabant) usual saint (Severinus) holding the shield. See Ralf Hartemink's site.

On the Black Mountain (Zwartberg) in Hoogeloon remains dating from the Bronze Age have been found, while Casteren (from Latin: castra) produced Roman items. Hapert was first mentioned in 710 as "Heopardum". Hoogeloon is derived from "loo" = open space in a forest, on a high place. The three villages formed a free lordship, later with a court of aldermen (schepenbank).

A popular custom was "losschieten van de bruid" (to shoot the bride free) - the evening before the couple would be registered young men from the village placed a milkchurn in the neighbourhood, made a small hole in the bottom, put some carbide in the churn with some water (piss is even better, said Yt Pel) and put a lid on the churn. By holding a fuse against the bottom the lid would be forced away with a big bang. The bride had to pay the culprits a fee in beer.(we used to do this in the 1950's, and it seems to have been revived lately, especially on New Year's eve).

Source: DerkWillem Visser: Gemeentevlaggen en wapens Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, 2001.
Prisma toeristengids Zeeland-Brabant-Limburg, by P.G. Bins, 1965.
Jarig Bakker, 15 May 2005

Hoogeloon, Hapert en Casteren 1935 parading flag

[Hoogeloon c.a. parading flag] by Jarig Bakker, 15 May 2005
unofficial, used 1935

Hoogeloon, Hapert en Casteren Coat of Arms

[Hoogeloon c.a. Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 15 May 2005
Granted 4 Mar 1958