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Bennebroek (The Netherlands)

Noord-Holland province

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Bennebroek municipality image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 April 2024

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Bennebroek municipality

Bennebroek is the smallest municipality in Noordholland, with (1 Jan 2003) 5.328 inhabitants on 1,75 km².
It was first mentioned in the 14th century, when it was marshland. It became a separate municipality in 1653, when it got a Coat of Arms with a peacock, after the name of the lord, Adriaan Pauw jr (pauw = peacock).
Bennebroek became very useful for Amsterdam: ships carried the Amsterdam clothes ("klerenbennen" = baskets with clothes) via the Leidschevaart, and they were bleached in the dunes of Bennebroek. This was discontinued in the end of the 18th century. The tavern "De Geleerde Man" (the Learned Man, depicted as an old men with a ladder ("leer") on his shoulder) was established in 1682, and it was used to resolve conflicts between Amsterdam (the Dutch economic center) and The Hague (the bureaucratic center), as it was halfway between both cities, something like a Dutch Île des Phaisans.
Jarig Bakker, 09 July 2001

The Bennebroek flag was adopted by council decision on April 13, 1972 as the municipal flag.
A horizontal triband of red, yellow and red, with ratio 5:2:5.

The flag is the same as the municipal coat of arms. The municipal flag remained in use until January 1, 2009, on which day the municipality was merged into the municipality of Bloemendaal, which meant that its use as a municipal flag was discontinued.
Valentin Poposki
, 10 December 2023

An image by Mark Sensen image at shows pre-1996 specs of 217 px high with the yellow stripe s thicker than the 1/6th mentioned in the Dutch Wikipedia article, which references a local newspaper ( ratio 5:2:5), but ultimately an unclear source and authority.

The source Shipmate Flagchart was given for our previous image. This website is (was?) mantained by Gerard van der Vaart, who published eight editions of The Flagchart, a well known source - see [vdv00] and foll. in our Bibliography and its new website at

This chart didn’t cover local flags, though, and the source for this image with its middle stripe thicker than 1/6th (about 1/5th — exactly 86+44+87) is which makes me think that the author of our original image was Gerard, not Mark.

The image above is in FotW standard colors but with the newly reported 5+2+5 stripes.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 April 2024

Bennebroek Coat of Arms

Bennebroek Coat of Arms International Civic Arms :

The coat of arms (see dates from 1816, but was in disuse in 1968. Since then it has been readopted, and the new flag (adopted 13 April 1972) was inspired by it.
Jarig Bakker, 09 July 2001