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Villalbilla (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Presentation of Villalbilla

The municipality of Villalbilla (11,916 inhabitants in 2014; 3,460 ha) is located in the south-west of the Community of Madrid, 4O km of Madrid and 10 km of Alcalá de Henares.

Villalbilla was first documented in 1274, as depending of Alcalá de Henares. Los Hueros, the second component of the municipality, was even documented earlier, in 1150, as Yuberos. A document dated 1312 relates that the Council of Villalbilla was allowed by Alcalá to delimit a pasture for the sole use of the villagers; in 1372, Pedro Tenorio, Archbishop of Toledo, granted the villagers of Los Hueros with a pasture for bovines, a mount for sheep grazing, and plots for cropping and gazing. The Community of the Town and Land of Alcalá was divided in 1494 in four administrative districts: the cuarto of Villalba encompassed Torrejón de Ardoz, Camarma de Esteruelas, Anchuelo, Valverde and Los Hueros/
Villalbilla was granted on 6 September 1554 the status of villa and transferred on 21 May 1581 by Philip II from the domain of the Archbishop of Toledo to the Royal domain. The Marquis of Auñón acquired Villalbilla in 1592, paying 3;065,035 maravedies to the king. Los Hueros was granted in 1583 the status of villa; the villagers purchased in 1585 the right to remain a Royal domain. Juan Francisco de Balbí y Espínola acquired Villalbilla in 1649 and was made Count of Villalbilla. The villagers acquired back the village from the Countess of Villalbilla in 1735. Nearly deserted after the 1855 cholera epidemics, Los Hueros was incorporated to Villalbilla in 1882.

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2015

Symbols of Villalbilla

The flag and arms of Villalbilla are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 16 March 1995 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 23 June 1995 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 149, p. 19,074 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3. White panel with two blue horizontal wavy stripes, separated by a space twice wider than the other stripes. A red triangle with the base placed along the hoist and the opposite point in the middle of the flag.
Coat of arms: Per bend sinister, 1. Gules a church argent, 2. Argent two fesses wavy azure. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

On the flags in actual use (photos, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo), the triangle is shorter than prescribed.

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2015