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Beverwijk (The Netherlands)

Noord-Holland province

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Beverwijk municipality

Beverwijk is a municipality in Noordholland with 35.828 inhabitants on 19,56 km², and includes Beverwijk and Wijk aan Zee. The place was known in the 11th century as St. Aagtenkerke or St. Aagtendorp; in 1276 it revived market rights and in 1298 city rights. The municipality is at the mouth of the IJ river, and used to be marshland, probably with quite a few "bevers" (beavers). Gardening became quite popular here; vegetables and strawberries were grown for Amsterdam, at two hours sailing distance. In 1918 the "Hoogovens" steel-foundries were established here, which provided employment for the wide environment. At present there is a famous "Zwarte markt", a huge complex, where everybody can sell and buy everything, every Saturday - well, it looks more like an Oriental bazaar.

The flag, adopted 9 Oct 1948, is derived from the top of the municipal Coat of Arms. The lilies are a typical phenomenon of "Kennemerland" (the area around Haarlem). Sierksma's Nederlands vlaggenboek, 1962, has slightly different lilies (more French); that flag was adopted 8 Oct 1948.
Jarig Bakker, 10 July 2001

The reference to beavers is probably incorrect, please include the information on the website of Beverwijk municipality:
"Does Beverwijk have anything to do with beavers?
The idea that Beverwijk (The word 'Beverwijk' literally means 'beaver area') got its name from the fact that many beavers used to live here is perhaps a nice one, but is not very likely. No remains of beavers' bones have ever been found at archaeological excavations. There are many theories about the origins of the name and detailed historical studies are still being carried out. Beverwijk definitely has a connection with the name Agatha. You are forever coming across different versions of that name. In the middle of town you will immediately notice the Aagtendorp housing development, with its unusual design and use of colour. Sint Aagtendijk - an 800-year-old dyke – leads from the town centre to the residential areas Zwaansmeer and Oosterwijk. Between the fields and meadows of the Wijkermeerpolder is the military fort Sint Aagtendijk, part of a circular line of defence that was built in the 19th century to protect Amsterdam. And, of course, the Agathakerk church in the Breestraat, whose dome is a distinct part of the Beverwijk skyline. Aagtendorp, Aagtenhal, Agathakerk, Sint Aagtendijk fort, Sint Aagtendijk - it must be more than coincidence.

A much-supported theory, although not proven, is that a certain St. Agatha can give an explanation for the name Beverwijk. In the early Middle Ages (1063) there was a church, or perhaps a chapel, in this area called the Agathenkiricha. This church or chapel was named after St. Agatha. Despite the Roman ban on Christianity, a girl called Agatha had stuck to her beliefs and was therefore put to death in the year 281. For this steadfastness the Catholic Church declared her to be a saint. The village around the church was later given her name. After 1250, the Sint Aghetendorpe village also became known as Bedevaartwijk (literally: the pilgrimage area). It appears that the chapel, built to honour Agatha, attracted many pilgrims. Perhaps they came to visit the weekly market which was held in Beverwijk since 1276, when Count Floris V granted the town the right to hold the market. Beverwijk's favourable location (at a waterway, on the coast and with a direct link to Haarlem) was one of the reasons for its economic growth. The town expanded and grew and was enfranchised (Given the right to be represented in Parliament) in 1298 by Count Jan I. In 1276 the name Bedevaartwijk had already started to be changed to Beverwijk."
Herman Huipen, 7 Jul 2004

Beverwijk Coat of Arms

[Beverwijk Coat of Arms] image from the Beverwijk municipal website.

Granted 24 Oct 1936

BVV De Kennemers

Beverwijk municipality image by Ivan Sache, 6 December 2020

Beverwijkse voetbalvereniging De Kennemers (BVV De Kennemers) is an amateur football club founded on 28 December 1918 in Beverwijk, therefore the region's oldest football club.
The club's colors are red and black.
Official website

The flag of BVV De Kennemers is horizontally divided red-black with the club's emblem placed on a white disc in the center of the flag.

Ivan Sache, 6 December 2020

Wijk aan Zee

Wijk aan Zee image located by Valentin Poposki, 10 December 2023

The only village in the Municipality of Beverwijk, the Wijk aan Zee has its own flag

Unevenly quartered red over green at the hoist, blue over yellow toward the fly, ratio 1:2, in each panel separated by a white strip, straight in the hoist panel, wavy in the wider fly panel, a deep yellow fleur-de-lys over the panel edges red and blue.
Valentin Poposki, 10 December 2023