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Tabanera de Cerrato (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Tabanera de Cerrato - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 October 2020

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Presentation of Tabanera de Cerrato

The municipality of Tabanera de Cerrato (135 inhabitants in 2019 vs. 668 in 1950; 4,634 ha; municipal website) is located 45 km east of Palencia.

wPWTabanera was named for horseflies (tábanos) rather than for the Latin verb tabere, "to melt", or for tabes saliu, "sterile soil". The place was mentioned, as Tavanera, in the Palenzuela Charter granted in 1072-1109 by King Alfonso VI. The neighborhood includes the deserted villages of Olmos, Ontanilla and Oruejo, where a watermill is still standing on the brook flowing from Tabanera to Palenzuela, and Pozuelo ("small well"), at the brook's source.
The place was reconquered from the Moors in the 9th century by Alfonso III the Great; an earlier church dedicated to St. Stephen was erected in the 12th-13th century in Romanesque style, to be subsequently replaced by the present-day's church.

In the middle of the 16th century, Tabanera was part of the royal domain. The village was acquired in 1561 by Juan Manrique, Philip II's councillor, to be soon transferred to Admiral Enriquez. Tabanera was disputed in the middle of the 18th century by a long court case that opposed the Duchess of Alba to the Count of Benavente.

Ivan Sache, 3 October 2020

Symbols of Tabanera de Cerrato

The flag and arms of Tabanera de Cerrato are prescribed by an Agreement adopted on 12 May 2020 by the Village Council, signed on 14 July 2020 by the Mayor, and published on 23 July 2020 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 147, p. 27,475 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular panel, in proportions 2:3. Divided into two equal parts, the upper, green, and the lower, yellow, and charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Spanish shield. Argent an oak proper on a mount vert with a fox proper. A bordure gules charged in the upper, left and right parts with spikes or and a bee in the center of the lower part. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The quality of honey produced in Cerrato region was emphasized in a popular dictum, ajos de Curiel, quesos de Peñafiel y de Cerrato la miel, "Curiel's garlic, PeƱafiel's cheese and Cerrato's honey".

Ivan Sache, 3 October 2020