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Warten (The Netherlands)

Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân province

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[Warten villageflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 19 Aug 2003
adopted 25 Jan 1974

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Warten village

The official name of this village is Warten; it was formerly in the northeast of Idaarderadeel, a few kilometers southeast of Leeuwarden.
Wartena, Boarnsterhim municipality, Fryslân.
The Coat of Arms of this village occurs already in the flagbook of Gerrit Hesman from 1708.
The figures in chief (three swans) point at the important rôle of water in this village. The swan is a royal bird, which is frequently used on Frisian village arms, like Langwar / Langweer, Molkwar / Molkwerum and Kornwerd / Koainwerd. The meaning of the seven balls is not known. Sierksma believes that they should be "pompeblêren" (waterlily-leaves), but Hesman drew disks, which don't look at all like pompebl?ren...
The colors red and white might have been derived from the arms of the former division of Oostergo..
In the summer of 1973 the "Stichting Jachthaven" of Wartena adopted its own flag, designed by the "Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk", on which the swan and the penny have been placed. On 25 Jan 1974 this flag was approved in a meeting of village-societies; now deliberations have started how to find a new use for the village coat of arms.
Description: quartered red and white; the first and fourth part are 1/2 of the second and 3rd part; In the canton a white swan in take-off position, in the bottom-hoist a red ball.
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1974
Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986
<The image I received was not very clear, so I have used the famous swan of Langwar as a model, borrowed from the Encyclopedie van Friesland, 1958>
Jarig Bakker, 19 Aug 2003

Warten coat of arms

[Warten Coat of Arms] image from Genealogysk Jierboekje 1986.