Britswert (Dutch: britswerd) is a village in Littenseradiel municipality,
Fryslân; it used to be in the former municipality of Baarderadeel,
with (1958) 154; (1974) 111 inhabitants. Virtually one village with Wiuwert.
In the hamlet Kromwâl is a 350 years old shipyard, now specialized
in yachts. In Kromwâl was also a "vermaning" - underground
church - of the "menisten" (Baptists), which moved to Itens
Nickname: "wetterpuollen" (water-puddles).
Britswert coat of arms: divided: I. red with in chief a golden anchor; II. blue
with in chief a golden fleur-de-lis; in base a golden "terp" issuing from
base, below it arched opened of the field and in this over all a golden
Flag: two horizontal equally wide stripes of red and blue with over
all a lying yellow anchor of which the shaft starts at 1/3 flag length and
the point at 13/15 flag length, with a width of 1/10 flag height, and issuing
from the anchor shaft over the imaginary lines of a hoist-triangle with
the top at 1/3 flag length, in red a yellow clover and in blue a lily.
The Coat of Arms is divided in red and blue: red for the land and the shipping-industry
at the Kromwâl; blue for the Britswerter Lake (made dry in 1855).
The name of the village is represented in the bottom of the shield: brits
= bridge, and "werd" = terp, mound. The arched opening also symbolizes
the "meniste-vermaning" - the Baptist underground-church.
The clover in it refers to cattle-breeding and the meadows in the region.
The fleur-de-lis refers to the lilies on the boards of the
Britswerter Mar; the anchor belongs to the shipyard.
The flag is red and blue, like the coat of arms, with over all a combination
of anchor, clover and lily.
Design: J.C. Terluin and R.J. Broersma
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 2001.
Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958.
Baerderadiel: in Geakunde, 1977.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Sep 2003
Britswert coat of arms
from Wapens en Flaggen fan Littenseradiel, booklet of the municipality.