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Zederik (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

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Zederik municipality  Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 25 May 1987 Other Zederik pages: See also:

Zederik municipality

On 1 Jan 1986 the municipality of Zederik was formed out of the merger of seven former municipalities in the Alblasserwaard and the Vijfheerenlanden, namely Ameide, Hei- en Boeicop, Leerbroek, Lexmond, Meerkerk, Nieuwland and Tienhoven. On 1 Jan 2003 it had 13.565 on 7847 ha. The name "Zederik" refers to a small river, Zederik, which gained some fame in 1825, when the Zederik-kanaal was dug, which formed part of the "Keulse Vaart", the Cologne-channel. At present the municipality consists of the villages Ameide, Hei- en Boeicop, Leerbroek, Lezmond, Meerkerk (seat), Nieuwland, and Tienhoven.
The municipal flag was adopted by municipal resolution of 25 May 1987.
Description: horizontal stripes yellow - white - yellow; white on yellow bordered red and with at least four embattlements; and over white at 1/3 flaglength a seven-leaved red yellow-pointed rose.
Source: the municipal website.
Jarig Bakker, 14 May 2003

"Keulse vaart" is more of a traderoute than a physical canal. It was the connection between Amsterdam and the Rhine-river. (Amsterdam - Weesp - river Vecht till Utrecht - Vaartsche Rijn till Vreeswijk on the river Lek - over Lek and Lower Rhine to "Keulen" (Cologne); because of sandbanks in the river it was sometimes preferred to sail via the Zederikkanaal and the Linge river to Gorinchem, and then over Waal and Rhine to Cologne.
Harry van Trotsenburg, 4 Jul 2007

Zederik Coat of Arms

[Zederik coat of arms]  image by Jarig Bakker, 18 Sep 2004
Granted 5 Jun 1986.

The Zederik arms consist of elements from the Coat of Arms's of all 7 former municipalities.
Jarig Bakker, 14 May 2003