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Siegerswoude (The Netherlands)

Opsterland municipality, Fryslân province

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[Siegerswoude flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2003
design: Mr. Jelle Terluin.

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Siegerswoude village

Siegerswoude (Frisian: Sigerswâld) is a village in Opsterland municipality, Fryslân province. Population (1958) 1006; (1974) 856. It includes the hamlet Voorwerk. The monastery of Smalle Ee had a "uithof" (outlying court - I suppose a peat-exploitation enterprise) here. North of the village was the Siegerswouder Meer, a lake, now dry.
Nickname: none. (which is all well, as it is in the last line of defence against our mortal enemies: the Grunningers)
Siegerswoude coat of arms: per fess of red and blue, with on the dividing line a narrowed fess of silver; in chief a scythe pointing right, and the sharp edge upward; in base four peat blocks, placed 1,2,1, all of silver.
Flag: Seychelles-like with three diagonal divisions of red, white and blue; in the canton four white peat blocks placed 1,2,1.
The territory of Siegerswoude was cut in two by the Drachtster Compagnievaart (canal). That canal is now filled up and used as a road. The bar in the arms symbolize canal and road. Both parts of Siegerswoude have its own character.
A. The high lying part with the old church (now the churchyard). In the coat of arms that is the red part, representing the former heather, and the scythe as symbol of agriculture and cattle breeding.
B. The low lying part, where in the Middle Ages peat was dug by monks of the monastery at Smalle Ee. The blue color refers to the water here, like the Siegerswouder Meer, the Mieuwemeer, and the Waas-meer.  The four peat blocks have been placed crosswise, to remind of the "uithof" in the hamlet Voorwerk of the Smalle Ee monastery.
Design: J.C. Terluin
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje (n.d.).
De Woudklank (local newspaper), 13 Aug 1998.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2003

Siegerswoude coat of arms

[Siegerswoude Coat of Arms] from De Woudklank (local newspaper) 13 Aug 1998.