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Bennebroek (The Netherlands)

Noord-Holland province

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Bennebroek municipality image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 24 January 2024

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Bennebroek municipality

Bennebroek is the smallest municipality in Noordholland, with (1 Jan 2003) 5.328 inhabitants on 1,75 km².
It was first mentioned in the 14th century, when it was marshland. It became a separate municipality in 1653, when it got a Coat of Arms with a peacock, after the name of the lord, Adriaan Pauw jr (pauw = peacock).
Bennebroek became very useful for Amsterdam: ships carried the Amsterdam clothes ("klerenbennen" = baskets with clothes) via the Leidschevaart, and they were bleached in the dunes of Bennebroek. This was discontinued in the end of the 18th century. The tavern "De Geleerde Man" (the Learned Man, depicted as an old men with a ladder ("leer") on his shoulder) was established in 1682, and it was used to resolve conflicts between Amsterdam (the Dutch economic center) and The Hague (the bureaucratic center), as it was halfway between both cities, something like a Dutch Île des Phaisans.
Jarig Bakker, 09 July 2001

The Bennebroek flag was adopted by council decision on April 13, 1972 as the municipal flag.

A horizontal triband of red, yellow and red, with ratio 5:2:5.

The flag is the same as the municipal coat of arms. The municipal flag remained in use until January 1, 2009, on which day the municipality was merged into the municipality of Bloemendaal, which meant that its use as a municipal flag was discontinued.

Valentin Poposki, 10 December 2023

Bennebroek Coat of Arms

Bennebroek Coat of Arms International Civic Arms :

The coat of arms (see dates from 1816, but was in disuse in 1968. Since then it has been readopted, and the new flag (adopted 13 April 1972) was inspired by it.
Jarig Bakker, 09 July 2001