"Nieuwkoop, watersport and nature" Nieuwkoop by tompt
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Nieuwkoop is a relative small village in the north east part of the province Zuid-Holland. It is the most touristic place in our neighbourhood. Mainly because of their magnificant nature in the form of the Nieuwkoopse Plassen.
Originally it was a moor, but with the mining of peat the lakes (Plassen)cames. The lakes where much bigger and stretched from Nieuwkoop to Zevenhoven, Aarlanderveen and Ter Aar. It was good for fishery but dangerous for the villages that were on the waters edge. It was decided to make the land dry. This was done by milling, (see our Aarlanderveen page to read more) and precious agricultural land emerged. The remaing water became a nature reserve many years later.
Nieuwkoop celebrated its 700 year aniversairy in 1982, because at that time it was generally excepted that in a written piece of 1282, by the hand of count Floris V, Nieuwkoop was mentioned for the first time. But after that they found an other document dated 1270 in which the taxes of Nieuwkoop (being an amount of grane) where given to Adelheid ( a noble woman) for her wedding. So it is now twelve years shorter to the next centennial...
There are some monumental buildings left in Nieuwkoop, but none of 700 years ago. The oldest remaining house is located in the dorpsstraat and is built in 1609.
The most outstanding, is the tower of the former Hoge Huis (high house, a government building), it dates from 1627. Across the street from it is the Regthuys. The place where justice was spoken is dating back to 1628.
The official shield of Nieuwkoop was registered by the High Council of Nobility in 1816. The colors are red and yellow, the same colors as the shield of the counts of Holland. This is maybe to symbolise the bond with Holland although Nieuwkoop was, in the early days, part of the episcopate Utrecht.
There are three crosses in the shield, many places in the Netherlands have three crosses, the most famous being the three Amsterdam crosses.
On the broken wheel are two theories. The first (and nicest) is a legend about a group of gypsies. They toured the neighbourhood and one of their wagonwheels broke at Nieuwkoop. They had to buy a new one (in old dutch: 'niewe cope'). It is told they stayed here and named the place Niewecope which is now Nieuwkoop. It is well known this cannot be true..
Because the name came from cope, which was a piece of agricultural land, and niew meaning new.
Another theory builds on the connection between Nieuwkoop and St. Catharina. A broken wheel is her
symbol: according to legend she was pinned to a wheel because of her christian believes. Her strong
believes made the wheel brake. St. Catharina is also connected to the city Utrecht, Nieuwkoop was
under this episcopate churchwise. But as far as known Nieuwkoop is churchwise bound to Holy Mary.
No proove for this story....
http://www.vvv-nieuwkoop.nl/ (in dutch)
In our general tips we have usefull adresses and telephone numbers.
Need a doctor, a dentist, police ?? find the number in our general tips.
For a quick bite or a drink this is the place to be. It used to be an inn in the 1700's. And it became famous in the... more travel advice
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