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Hans & Lori .... you are framed ;-)

The village of Appingedam is, together with Winschoten, the most city like town the province of Groningen got.
Cityrights were Appingedam granted in 1327 yet it is not clear how old this village really is.
An East Frisian nobel man named Eggerik van Beningen, who lived in the 16th century, wrote a chronic in which he wrote that a certain guy named Hatebrandus founded an abbey at the river Damme in 793, using the money he inherited from his parents.
Hatebrandus was a rich monk and part of the Benedictine monks.

As uncertain of the exact age of the village is where the name of the village of Appingedam comes from. Some say it is a joint up of two neighbourhood names Appinge and Damme, which were the heart of the later village before the 13th century.
Others say a little river, named the Apt, in which a dam was laid, led to the name giving of the village.

During early Middle Ages Appingedam became leading village of the county of Fivelingo. During Charles the Great the people of Appingedam did their own thing because this county was kinda out of reach for the government.
Those in power in the northern province fought out many disputes and indifferences.
Because of the suitable crosspoint of water and landroads also led to the fact that Appingedam became an important crossing point.
The presence of an Augustine abbey in Appingedam and the fact that, after the placing of a dam in the river Delf, more and more tradings took place in Appingedam and thus the economy florished, the capital Groningen felt attacked by this little village, mostly because of the presence of a sea harbour present in Appingedam at that time and aga. Main cause for the indifferences with Groningen was of religious nature, yet it was obvious that the city of Groningen wanted to make clear that Groningen had to be the capital.

Many years all kind of disputes were fought out over reign but in 1536, when king Charles V ordered to break down the just build city walls it was clear...the glorious years of Appingedam had ended and the Golden Age never reached Appingedam.

It was only at the late 19th century that Appingedam got some more status again when it got known for its cattle markets. More and more industries settled in Appingedam and a train connection between Groningen and Delfzijl, of which Appingedam also profited, was finished in June 1884.

These days, the city of Appingedam has a central function for the country round it.
In my childhood it was more normal to go to Appingedam than to take a bus up to the city of Groningen.
Somehow people in a range of about 20 kilometers round Appingedam always turned their back to Groningen, my guess is because people back then lived the little life and Groningen too much was the 'big' town.

When Hans & Lori (Waalewiener) visited us, we drove to Delfzijl and of course had to stop in Appingedam.

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  • jpanicci's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2009 at 5:21 PM

    Really, alligators in the Netherlands? Or is it a Joke?

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2003 at 3:57 PM

    Haha very nice page Roelien , all these beautiful old buildings Just wondering who that guy in the white beard with that beautiful women next to him is ,can tou tell me pls.

  • OlafS's Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2003 at 2:50 AM

    Looks a lot more interesting than I expected!


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