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Nordkehdingen Comprehensive Municipality (Germany)

Samtgemeinde Nordkehdingen, Landkreis Stade, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-08-08 by klaus-michael schneider
Keywords: nordkehdingen | freiburg(elbe) | wischhafen | balje | krummendeich | oederquart | st.mary | castle | keys(crossed) | bell | spade | linden | wolf trap |
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[SG Nordkehdingen flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009
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Nordkehdingen Comprehensive Municipality (SG)

Nordkehdingen Flag

It is a yellow over white horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Nordkehdingen Comprehensive Municipality, version 28 February 2002
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009

Nordkehdingen Coat of Arms

[SG Nordkehdingen CoA] image from leaflet of SG Nordkehdingen

Shield Gules with base Vert; St.Mary, nimbed and crowned Or, sitting on a chair Or, dressed Argent, holding child Jesus, dressed Argent and nimbed Or, in her left arm and holding a white flower Argent stemmed Vert in her right hand.
Meaning:
This was the coat of arms of former Kehdingen County since 1397 with some minor changes. After the other municipalities of the former county had agreed, the coat of arms was approved in 1972 with permission of the former district government (Bezirksregierung) of Stade.
Source: 2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Nordkehdingen Comprehensive Municipality, version 28 February 2002
For further information click: municipal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009


Balje Municipality

Balje Flag

[Balje municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2017

It is a white over blue horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: phone call from Mrs. Anna von Bargen from SG Nordkehdingen on 1 August 2017
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017

Balje Coat of Arms

Shield Azure with base wavy Argent, an impending bell Or with bobbin of the same.
Meaning:
The arms are based on an old legend. The inhabitants of Balje once upon a time abducted the church bells of Brunsbüttel during a flooding of the Eastern bank of river Elbe. Every time with the Western winds the bells murmured "To Brunsbüttel!". Later on during a flooding of the Western bank the people of Brunsbüttel helped the people of Balje, not taking the bells back. Since then the bells kept quiet. The base wavy is of course representing the Elbe River.
Source: leaflet of SG Nordkehdingen
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017


Freiburg upon Elbe Market Town

Freiburg upon Elbe Flag

[Freiburg upon Elbe market town flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009

It is a white over red horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Freiburg upon Elbe Market Town, version 18 December 2006
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009

Freiburg upon Elbe Coat of Arms

[Freiburg upon Elbe CoA] image from the leaflet of SG Nordkehdingen

Shield Gules, a castle Sable masoned Argent with a closed port Or. The walls are topped by two embattled torrets Argent, each having a triangular shaped gable. Te castle is topped by a pair keys Argent in saltire.
Meaning:
The coat of arms has a long tradition, based on a seal, probably introduced between 1271 and 1294. In the former date Freiburg gained city rights according to the pattern of Stade, in the latter date a constitution of the local council was mentioned. The city rights remainded however defunct and Freiburg remained being a market town (Lower Saxonian: Flecken). The town had been fortified in the middle ages, probably first in 1154 by castle of the Archbishopric of Bremen, represented in the arms by the crossed keys.
A "Flecken" is a denomination, which is, as far as I know, in Northern Germany only used in Lower Saxony. According to Dr.Ulrich March, former headmaster and historician in Bad Bramstedt (Schleswig-Holstein), you can find the "Flecken" already in the names of streets, then called either "Bleek" or "Bleck". A "Flecken" was a town with minor rights in comparison with a city. One substantial right was to have a market. Therefore it might be translated as market town. Today the title is probably without any importance. To gain the title of a city a town needs at least 10,000 inhabitants, unless the title wasn't gained very early.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.39
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009 / 27 July 2017


Krummendeich Municipality

Krummendeich Flag

[Krummendeich municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017

It is a green over white horizontal bicolour with centred arms. According to 2(2) of local Hauptsatzung there are just colours mentioned: green, golden and silver.
Source: phone call to Mr. Jürgens of Nordkehdingen Central Services Department
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017

Krummendeich Coat of Arms

Shield Sable, a very broad bend Vert, in sinister base charged with a spade's blade Argent, over all a bend sinister wavy Or. Please not that according to 2(1) of local Hauptsatzung (version 9 November 2016) the shield is just Vert with spade and bend sinister wavy.
Meaning:
The arms are partially canting. The bend sinister wavy is symbolising the devious dyke (German: krummer Deich), protecting the marshes against river Elbe. The green colour is symbolising the local marshes. The spade is an important tool used for dyking and drainage.
Source: leaflet of SG Nordkehdingen
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017


Oederquart Municipality

Oederquart Flag

[Oederquart municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017

It is a green over red horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017

Oederquart Coat of Arms

Shield Gules, issuant from base a dwelling mound Vert, crowned by a linden tree Argent with 15 leaves and six branches.
Meaning:
Oederquart developed from the settlement Oderekekwort, which was located on a dwelling mound. The branches are representing its six hamlets and the leaves its 15 settlement cores.
Source: leaflet of SG Nordkehdingen
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 July 2017


Wischhafen Municipality

Wischhafen Flag

[Wischhafen municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009

It is a white over green horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009

Wischhafen Coat of Arms

[Wischhafen municipal CoA] image from the leaflet of SG Nordkehdingen

Shield Argent, issuant from base a mount Vert charged with a bar wavy Argent, in chief three wolf traps Sable.
Meaning:
The green hill is representing the former settlement of Altendorf. The bar wavy is representing the kin of von Drewes, that had died out. Finally the wolf traps are representing the former settlement of Wolfsbruch, where the last wolves in Kehdingen had been caught.
Source: 2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Wischhafen Municipality , version 26 February 2007
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 May 2009


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