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Schiedam (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

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Schiedam municipality Shipmate Flagchart : http://www.flagchart.net
adopted 23 Mar 1962 See also:

Schiedam municipality

Population (1 Jan 2003): 75.852; area: 19,89 km². Settlements: Schiedam (seat).
Schiedam was founded by Aleida van Henegouwen (Hainault) (1220-1284), daughter of Count Floris IV, sister of Count Willem II, and guardian of Count Floris V from 1258-1263. In 1275 she granted city-rights to Schiedam, and founded a church and a guesthouse. Little did she know that Schiedam would become the jenever-capital of the world!
The flag of Schiedam was adopted 23 Mar 1962 by municipal resolution. Description: six equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and black.

Schiedam old flag

[Schiedam old flag] by Jaume Ollé, 27 Sep 2003

Another image by Jaume Ollé from Steenbergen's flagbook (c. 1870):
1021. Schiedam (also with more stripes)
Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek (1962) has:
"Six equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and black.
This flag was reported on 3 Mar 1857 as "local flag" to the commissaris des konings (provincial governor) in Zuid-Holland. Van der Aa's "Aardrijkskundig Woordenboek" mentions 10 years earlier this 6-striped flag, as well as an "Album des Pavillons (etc), Paris 1858. A four-striped flag is reported by Steenbergen in 1870, as well as (apparently an error) a two-striped of blue and yellow. Remarkable is the three-striped white-black-white flag in the Neapolitan flagmanuscript: this must be based on wrong information. The colors yellow and black are derived from the municipal arms. The flag was officially adopted 23 Mar 1962."
(I've changed the colors from Jaume's image to conform with the national Dutch colors).
Jarig Bakker, 27 Sep 2003


Schiedam Coat of Arms

[Schiedam Coat of Arms] image from the Schiedam municipal site.

Granted 24 Jul 1816. The black lion on a golden field is derived from the arms of Floris van Avesnes (son of Aleidis, the lady who founded Schiedam).