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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 Coat of Arms 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 Coat of Arms 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

Engwierum Coat of Arms

[Engwierum Coat of Arms] 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)"