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Hengelo (The Netherlands)

Gelderland province

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Hengelo municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net/flags.htm
adopted 6 Feb 1972; design: Kl. Sierksma

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Hengelo municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 8.496; area: 49,26 km². Settlements: Hengelo (seat), Bekveld, Dunsborg, Gooi, Keijenborg, Noordink, Varssel, Veldhoek (part).
Hengelo (Gelderland) is not to be confused with Hengelo (Overijssel). Name probably derived from 'eng' (communal land) and 'lo' (wood). It's in the Achterhoek, c. 20 km north of Doetinchem. Since 1658 it was famous for its horse-markets.
The new flag, adopted 6 Feb 1972 has completely included the Coat of Arms - another canting flag ((h)engel = angel). The horn of plenty symbolizes the agrarian character of the municipality.
Jarig Bakker, 29 September 1999

The adopted flag for Hengelo-Gelderland, a Sierksma-design, is 'In blue the boy of the arms (on 1/3L) with his cornucopia, at the hoist as well as the fly a white triangle'
See Vexilla Nostra VIII-nr.56-p.62, VN XX-nr.140-p.181 and VN.XXIII-nr.156-p.55.
Hans van Heijningen, 29 Jun 2003

On 1 January 2004 the new municipality of Bronckhorst (Gelderland) was formed out of the merger of Hengelo (Gld), Hummelo en Keppel, Steenderen, Vorden and Zelhem.


Hengelo old flagproposal

[Hengelo old flagproposal] by Jarig Bakker, 29 Jun 2003
not adopted; design: Kl. Sierksma

The old flag of Hengelo, in Gelderland province, is described by Sierksma, in Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]:
"Two equally wide horizontal stripes of white and blue, with a countercharged ring with a diameter equal to the height of one stripe.
This flag has not been adopted yet, but was designed at the invitation of Mayor and Aldermen.
The colors are derived from the municipal arms.
The ring symbolizes the horn of plenty from the Coat of Arms and horse-shoes, reminding of the traditional horse-markets, held here since 1658. In this circle one can also see the heraldic symbol of a loaf, used here to remind of the folkloristic bread-distribution on Ascension Day."

I don't know whether this flag has been officially adopted or whether it ever has flown. Sierksma does not mention a very obvious reason for including the circle: the old flag of Hengelo in Overijssel was hor. blue over white; if Hengelo (Ge) used a white over blue flag there might have been some confusion, especially when hoisted upside-down :-)
Jarig Bakker, 29 Jun 2003

The ring in the not-adopted flagdesign if Sierksma was a flag-abstraction for the cornucopia in the arms: seen in the front.
The adopted flag for Hengelo-Gelderland, also a Sierksma-design, is 'In blue the boy of the arms (on 1/3L) with his cornucopia, at the hoist as well as the fly a white triangle'
See Vexilla Nostra VIII-nr.56-p.62, VN XX-nr.140-p.181 and VN.XXIII-nr.156-p.55.
Hans van Heijningen, 29 Jun 2003


Hengelo Coat of Arms

[Hengelo Coat of Arms] image from the Hengelo municipal website.

Granted 23 Sep 1818.