Place:Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands

Watchers


NameWinschoten
TypeVoormalige gemeente
Coordinates53.117°N 7.033°E
Located inGroningen, Netherlands     ( - 2010)
Contained Places
Cemetery
Hofstraat


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Winschoten (Gronings: Winschoot) is a former municipality and city in the northeast of the Netherlands.

Population (1 Jan 2003): 18.497; area: 22,24 km2.

The origin of the name of Winschoten is not known but it has received nicknames. One of these is Molenstad (or Milltown). It has also been known, in living memory, as Sodom. This name arose out of the Jewish community who were scandalised by the immoral behaviour of their Gentile neighbours. The inhabitants are also called Tellerlikkers (plate lickers).

Winschoten was the capital of the Oldambt district, in a fertile agricultural region. Winschoten received city rights in 1825. It was the last town in the Netherlands to be granted such rights and it was more of a symbolic gesture. The town flag has three horizontal stripes of blue and white, in ratio 1:3:1, on the white stripe is a red outline plan of a fortress with nine embattlements. It was adopted 23 May 1973 by municipal resolution. The coat of arms is an image of Saint Vitus, whose name can also be recognized in lots of streetnames, schoolnames names of clubs, etc.

Winschoten has a railway station on the line from Groningen to Leer (in Germany) and a road connection to the rest of the Netherlands via the A7 motorway. The railway station was inaugurated 1 May 1868 to service the Groningen - Winschoten - Nieuweschans line. This was the second brought into use by the Company for the Exploitation of State Railways (Maatschappij tot Exploitatie van Staatsspoorwegen (MESS)) and part of the route from Harlingen, Friesland, to Nieuweschans (built 1863-1868). Today this route is operated by Arriva.

Contents

Burgerlijke Stand

Source:Winschoten, Groningen, Netherlands. Burgerlijke Stand

Research Tips

External Links


Images

Beeldbank Groningen

Maps and Gazetteers

source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Winschoten. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.