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Sint Pancras (The Netherlands)

Langedijk municipality, Noord-Holland province

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[Sint Pancras villageflag] by Jarig Bakker, 22 Jan 2006
adopted 15 Oct 2005

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Sint Pancras villageflag

On 19 Nov 2005 Stefan Lambrechts reported this gem from this site to the Benevex-list.
The former municipality of Sint Pancras is now part of Langendijk, just north of Alkmaar. It has now again its own flag, a white cloth with:
..een dravend paard in het groene gras, is het wapen van Sint Pancras....
a cantering horse in the green grass is the arms of Sint Pancras

Since 15 Oct 2005 this flag can be bought at the Readshop Soorsma in St. Pancras. An anonymous villager got carried away with the project, and made a deal with an anonymous flagmaker, so that the independent existence of the village could be ensured.
(Note: the official name of the village is Sint Pancras; it is unknown why the name appears differently on the flag).

Actually the village is virtually part of Alkmaar. It is said that it was originally the mighty town of Vroonen, which disappeared at the end of the 13th century by another incursion of the (West-)Frisians. Only the stone remnants of the church were left. Sadly out of its own accord it crashed in 1303. It is not known why the brown horse was adopted for the municipal arms - it would have made more sense if St. Catherine had been placed on it, as 25 Nov is her festival day, on which children get Sint Katrijn-poppen (gingerbread-women).
Jarig Bakker, 22 Jan 2006

Sint Pancras Coat of Arms

[Sint Pancras Coat of Arms] image from Ralf hartemink's site.

Granted 1 Jun 1972