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Serooskerke (The Netherlands)

Schouwen-Duiveland municipality, Zeeland province

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[Serooskerke flag] by Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2004
adopted: ? design: a Zierikzeeër

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Serooskerke village

Serooskerke is a village in the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland in Zeeland province. It was an independent municipality until 1961, when it merged with Westerschouwen. On 1 Jan 1997 it became part of Schouwen-Duiveland.
It has a flag since ? (the old board of the village society has disappeared and the new one has forgotten). The flag was made
spontaneously by order of the old board by an inhabitant of Zierikzee.
There are two flags in existence. They measure 160 x 95 cm. The image is the coat of arms of the Van Tuijl van Serooskerke family, the former manor lords of Serooskerke. They are not the original colors. On the flag the field is blue and the dog's heads (beagles) golden.
An image of the flag can be seen at this website (photo # 22a).
Source: letter by Ms. Janny Bom
Serooskerke's name was derived from 's Heer Aldereskerke (church of Lord Alderes), colloquially known as Sraaskerke. Nickname: "Dubbelhartigen" - double-dealers, people talking with two mouths.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2004

Serooskerke Coat of Arms

[Serooskerke Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2004, after imnage in the Koffie Hag-Album
Granted 31 Jul 1817

Description: azure, three dog's heads or.
The older name of this municipality was Serooskerke, Rijnsburg en Hondegems ambacht; later it became Serooskerke - Schouwen. This coat of arms is identical to the arms of Serooskerke on Walcheren (now part of Veere). The name "Hondegems ambacht" may have inspired these arms ("hond" = dog).
Source: Sierksma's De Gemeentewapens van Nederland, 1960.
Van der Laars (author of the Koffie Hag Album, 1924) writes that the dog's heads are from the arms of the van Tuyll van Serooskerke family.