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Aalsum (The Netherlands)

Dongeradeel municipality, Fryslân province

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Aalsum village (Ealsum)

The village of Aalsum in Dongeradeel, Friesland, the Netherlands. Aalsum/Ealsum is now virtually a part of the city of Dokkum, formerly in Oostdongeradeel.
Description of the flag: Diagonally divided from the fly in blue and white; in the center a wheel with six spokes countercharged of three quarters of flag-height.
This is St. Catherine's wheel, who was, according to an inscription on the church bell, the patron saint of Aalsum. Furthermore the wheel points at the estates which are lying radially around the church.
Curious- in "In Vogelvlucht, geschiedenis van de gemeente Oostdongeradeel", by Mr. A. J. Andreae, reprint 1971 the inscription on the church bell reads: "Jhesus Maria Sancta Hanna, Van Buytendijck me fecit anno domini MCCCCLII". Patron saint of the church: Saint Anne. The re-editor of the booklet, Ds. J. ter Steege, should know: he was the vicar of Aalsum.
Jarig Bakker, 18 January 2001

Aalsum Coat of Arms

[Aalsum Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004

Description: "Left-diagonal of blue and silver; over all an eight-spoked wheel countercharged, in blue with a six0pointed golden star and in white with a blue fleur-de-lis".
Eight spokes have been chosen for esthetical reasons. The star is from the arms of the family Sirtema van Grovestins. The fleur-de-lis is from the arms of the Mockema family, with reversed colors.
Source: "Anoniem, 1994 (Wapens en vlaggen van Dongeradeel)"