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Tegelen (The Netherlands)

Venlo municipality, Limburg

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Tegelen municipality Shipmate Flagchart :

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Tegelen flag (1991-2000)

The history of Tegelen goes back 2 million years. The deposits of clay and other minerals are the basis of it's existence today. The Romans discovered the brown - yellow gold, and gave Tegelen it's name Tegula (roof tile). For the first period after that it is only known that kilns stood here for the manufacture of bricks, roof tiles and tiles. It is also said that the name had something to do with the word "Tichelen" - which means to manufacture bricks. Till 1817 Tegelen belonged to the "hertogdom Gülick (Prussia)", and was swapped with Germany for Herzogenrath (near Kerkrade). Since August 1991 Tegelen has a new flag, the old one was a horizontal tricolour in the colours red, yellow and black. Although these colours were derived from the municipal Coat of Arms it looked to much like the German (or Belgium) national flag, and the council decided to instruct a vexillologist from Utrecht Drs. J.F. van Heijningen to design a new flag. The new flag consists of a yellow and a red field, divided diagonally from the left bottom to the right top. This diagonal dividing line symbolises, according to tradition Saint Martin, it also represents the rise in altitude in our municipality, from 20 M above sea level at the river Maas, till 50 M above sea level at the German border. Pontifically in the middle we see the silhouette of the Gülick Lion, and is also found back in the Coat of Arms.
On 31 December 2000 Tegelen ceased to be an independent municipality, and 1 January it merged with the municipality of Venlo.
Source: Tegelen Municipality information booklet 2000 - 2001.
Franc Van Diest,  24 February 2001 

Historical Tegelen flag (1955-1991)

Tegelen historical Shipmate Flagchart :

Three equally wide horizontal stripes of red, yellow and black.
This flag was was instituted by municipal resolution of 29 Sep 1955. The colors are derived from the municipal Coat of Arms (See Ralf Hartemink's site). Abolished 24 Apr 1991.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62]
Jarig Bakker, 30 Apr 2003