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Longerhou (The Netherlands)
Wûnseradiel municipality, Fryslân province
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adopted 19 Apr 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma
Longerhou (Dutch: Longerhouw) is a village in Wûnseradiel municipality
in the province of Fryslân.
Flag: four hoistdiagonal stripes of yellow and red; at the hoist the
narrowed municipal flag.
adopted 1955; design: Kl. Sierksma.
Arms: per bend or and gules with a cross couped countercharged.
In the Middle Ages Longerhou was a parish with its own priest, but
after the Reformation it had to share its vicar with the village of Skettens.
That is the reason why the cross is cut in two.
The village has c. 100 inhabitants and boasts a 13th century church.
"Hou(w)" was a common meadow, later the name of a farm, neighbourhood
or village. When you're approaching Fryslân via the Ofslútdyk
you will see on the right a farm with huge letters "Houw", which
had two meanings: the name of the farm; and that the Ofslútdyk was
held against the Germans in May 1940.
Source: It Beaken, jrg. xxxi, # 3-4, Dec 1969
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958
Jarig Bakker, 12 Apr 2005
from Ralf Hartemink's site.