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Westwoud (The Netherlands)
Drechterland municipality, Noord-Holland province
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by Jarig Bakker, 16 Sep 2003
adopted 11 Dec 1975; design: Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek.
Westwoud former municipality
Westwoud is a former municipality in West-Friesland, the NE quarter of
Noord-Holland province. Its is now part of the municipality of Drechterland.
In 1968 it had 1600 inhabitants in the settlements Westwoud (seat), Binnenwijzend,
De Hout, Oudijk, and Zwaagdijk. This was in the region called "De Streek",
where fine gardening took (takes) place. 65 % of the population was Roman
Catholic; 35 % Protestant.
Nickname: "Woudapen" (forestapes), "Greppelschijters"
(trench-sh***ters); Westwoud was formerly in a woody environment; when
they had to go to the bathroom, they sometimes did it in the stable.
On 11 Dec 1975 adopted a flag, designed by the Stichting Banistiek
en Heraldiek, described as: seven horizontal stripes of white and black,
proportioned 5:1:1:1:1:1:5, with towards the hoist over the three central
stripes a green city-crown.
The main colors are derived from the municipal arms, and the green
color has been chosen to make the flag a bit more cheerful. The three black
stripes represent the three villages Oudijk, Binnenwijzend, and Westwoud,
which are symbolized on the municipal arms as three black birds.. In the
15th century the "stede" (city) Westwoud was mentioned, which is why the
flag has a city-crown.
Source: Vexilla Nostra, 1977, Nr. 88 (Article by Hans van Heijningen).
Jarig Bakker, 16 Sep 2003
Westwoud coat of arms
from Noord-Holland en zijn gemeenten, 1981