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Aalten (The Netherlands)

Gelderland province

Last modified: 2005-06-11 by jarig bakker
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Aalten municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 17 October 1961

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Municipal flag

Aalten is a municipality in the 'Achterhoek', the southeastern part of Gelderland, due east of the provincial capital Arnhem.
The flag was adopted 17 October 1961 by the municipal council. The colors were derived from the municipal CoA; the green stands for the old lime-tree on the village square, which played in olden times an important part in legal proceedings.
Source: Sierksma - Gemeentewapens [sie60] and Nederlands Vlaggenboek [sie62].
On 1 Jan 2005 the municipalities of Aalten and Dinxperlo merged to form the new municipality of Aalten. There is no news about the adoption of a new flag and arms.
Jarig Bakker, 7 September 1999

Aalten old flag

[Aalten old flag] by Jarig Bakker, 23 May 2005
used c. 1939

According to "Wie, Wat, Waar? 1940", an annual published by the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad in Nov. 1939, the flag of Aalten was green over white.
The colors were derived from the municipal arms, which is: argent a tree vert on a base of the same.
It is assumed that this tree is an old lindentree at the junction of the roads Aalten-Zelhem and Aalten-Lichtenvoorde. This tree was replaced in the beginning of the 19th century by a new one, which can still be admired today.
Jarig Bakker, 23 May 2005

Aalten CoA

[Aalten CoA] by Jarig Bakker, 23 May 2005
Granted 7 Oct 1818

Arms: argent a tree vert on a base of the same.