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Drachten (The Netherlands)

Fryslân province

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village of Drachten Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 1986; Design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.

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Drachten village

Drachten is the seat of Smallingerland municipality, Fryslân province. Drachten was formed in the 17th century from the two villages North and South Drachten. The two villages were separated by a canal, but the canal was reclaimed early in the 20th century to facilitate transportation between the two parts. Drachten has grown from 10,000 inhabitants in 1950 to over 40,000 inhabitants now. Smallingerland has a population of over 50,000. Drachten has grown into an important centre with city-like characteristics for a large area. The natural surroundings include a unique combination of landscapes with lakes, woods, and grasslands.
The older part of Drachten has been renovated recently to represent the original style from 1921. This neighborhood is called
"Papegaaienbuurt" (Parrot neighborhood), because of all the bright colors. <and probably because there's some gossiping going on :-)> The main reason for its growth is the Philips filial; unlike Stadskanaal Drachten has attracted many more firms and is not as dependent on one firms for employment.
Nicknames: "Turven" (peat-blocks); "kjeallesturten" (calf's tails); "boltsjes" (small loaves); "bôllen" (loaves).
Drachten was in a peat-digging area; On the old church is still a wheathervane charged with three "turven". "Drachtster turf" is a
chocolate delicatesse. At the Stationsweg in Drachten is the pub "De Drie Turven". Therefore the nickname became a
honorific name.
Calf's tails symbolize people who are not to clever, but apparently cheerful.
The loaves represent the richess of the inhabitants in a generally poor region.
Drachten Coat of Arms: silver with three black peatblocks placed 2,1, with on top a "vlekkekroon". This is derived from the wheathervane on the old church.
At the request of the foundation "it Drachtster skûtsje "De Twee Gebroeders" a flag has been designed based on the wheathervane.
Description: two equally long vertical stripes; the red hoist with the yellow wheathervane, to wit: three peatblocks with on top a crown of three leaves and two pearls, all connected by ribbons in "regence"-style; the fly with seven equally wide stripes of white and black.
Design: Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.
This webpage.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Oct 2003

Drachten Coat of Arms

[Drachten Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 3 Oct 2003