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Aalsum (The Netherlands)
Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province
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Aalsum village (Ealsum)
The village of Aalsum in Dongeradeel, Friesland, the Netherlands. Aalsum/Ealsum
is now virtually a part of the city of Dokkum, formerly in Oostdongeradeel.
Description of the flag: Diagonally divided from the fly in blue and
white; in the center a wheel with six spokes countercharged of three quarters
This is St. Catherine's wheel, who was, according to an inscription
on the church bell, the patron saint of Aalsum. Furthermore the wheel points
at the estates which are lying radially around the church.
Curious- in "In Vogelvlucht, geschiedenis van de gemeente Oostdongeradeel",
by Mr. A. J. Andreae, reprint 1971 the inscription on the church bell
reads: "Jhesus Maria Sancta Hanna, Van Buytendijck me fecit anno domini
MCCCCLII". Patron saint of the church: Saint Anne. The re-editor of
the booklet, Ds. J. ter Steege, should know: he was the vicar of Aalsum.
Jarig Bakker, 18 January 2001
Aalsum Coat of Arms
by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004
Description: "Left-diagonal of blue and silver; over all an eight-spoked
wheel countercharged, in blue with a six0pointed golden star and in white
with a blue fleur-de-lis".
Eight spokes have been chosen for esthetical reasons. The star is from
the arms of the family Sirtema van Grovestins. The fleur-de-lis is from
the arms of the Mockema family, with reversed colors.
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"