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Engwierum (The Netherlands)
Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province
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Engwierum village (Ingwjirrum)
Flag: three equally wide horizontal stripes of yellow and blue; on the
topstripe at the hoist a black swimming duck; in the blue stripe, divided
over the whole stripe, two white chevrons, with apex degrees of 60o".
Engwierum (Frisian: Ingwierrum) is a village with Ca. 500 inhabitants,
11 km east of Dokkum. It was close to the former Lauwerszee and the neighbourhoods
of Dokkumer Nieuwe Zijlen had locks, which have played a major role in
the drainage of the Frisian hinterland. The duck on the flag refers to
the two duck-cages nearby. The blue bar has white locks, for the 'Dokkumer
Djip', with the locks at Dokkumer Nieuwe Zijlen, part of the village. Here
is no connection with the former municipal CoA of Oostdongeradeel. In olden
times it was known as 'it eilân' - the island, enclosed by two branches
of the 'Dokkumer Djip', which flowed into the Lauwerszee. Yellow was chosen
for esthetical reasons, but also because in spring a lot of Cole-seed was
grown with yellow nice-smelling flowers. The village CoA has a flattened
hill as well, representing part of the name - 'wier'= 'terp' = mound, where
people fled when the waters rose. To get the villagers really mad one has
to call them "Pylkumers". Nobody knows what that means, but it may
refer to duck-chicks "pyl" or "pylk").
Jarig Bakker, 27 October 2000
by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004
Description: "In gold a green mound issuing from base with two black
swimming ducks; a blue chief charged with two silver chevrons turned left".
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"