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Stare Pole rural district (Poland)

Malbork county, Pomorskie voivodship

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[Stare Pole flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 19 Dec 2008
adopted 30 Mar 2004 See also:

Stare Pole rural district flag

Stare Pole - rural commune, Marlbork County, Pomorskie Voivodship - German name: Altfelde; Frisian: Âldfjild (in English "Stare Pole" or "Altfelde" means "Old Field").
Gmina Stare Pole is a rural gmina (commune) in Malbork County, Pomeranian Voivodship, in northern Poland. Its seat is the village of Stare Pole, which lies approximately 12 kilometres (7 mi) east of Malbork and 51 km (32 mi) south-east of the regional capital Gdańsk.
Area: 79.72 (30.8 sq.mi); Population: 4,595 (2006); land under cultivation - 76%; forests - 3%.

Originally, the area was populated by the pagan Prusian tribes with some Slavic settlements remaining.
The XIII and XIV centuries were the times of arrival of Western settlers (German and Dutch) who christianized the locals.
The Teutonic Knights took care of prussianising the area and eradication of native population
In 1330 the village of Aldevelt (Altefelde) was established by Luther von Braunschweig.
In 1466, after the power of the Teutonic Knights was broken,  the village was included in Royal Prussia.
Second half of XVI Century seen the arrival of more Dutch settlers (Mennonites) who built dikes and enlarged the area of cultivation, but despite these efforts the countryside was often wrecked by floods.
In 1945 , Altfelde was taken by the Soviet troops, the Germans expelled, and the area given to Poland in accordance to Potsdam Agreement. Renamed Stare Pole.

There is a unique monument of a cow - record holder in milk production - in the center of the village of Stare Pole.

Arms and flag adopted on March 30, 2004 (resolution # XI/85/2004).
"Arms: on the golden field a white building and a green willow tree over the white and green wavy lines.

Flag: a rectangle composed of two uneven horizontal bands: upper, wide and green and lower, narrow and yellow.
On the green band the Arms are placed centrally. Ratio of the flag is 5:8."
Chrystian Kretowicz, 19 Dec 2008

Stare Pole Coat of Arms

[Stare Pole coat of arms] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 19 Dec 2008
adopted 30 Mar 2004