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According to NVvV's [vxn] Vexilla Nostra
no.115 Oldenzaal adopted a flag 15 March 1976; per bend blue and white,
with a cross (1/3th of the flagheight) yellow on the blue part, red on
the white part. Red and white were the colours of the old arms of Oldenzaal,
yellow and white of the new arms.
Mark Sensen, 13 May 1996
Oldenzaal is a municipality in eastern Overijssel province in the Netherlands.
In 1999 the 750th foundation day was celebrated, but it is assumed that
the town existed already before 1249.
As town in the "Oversticht" (the Utrecht bishopric beyond the IJssel river) it was in the domain of Utrecht. It joined the Hanseatic League, and during the 80-years war it remained a Roman Catholic island in a protestant sea. At present it is a rather small town, apparently not very proud of its past.
On the Oldenzaal municipal website
is stated that from immemorial times the town-colors were red and white,
used both on its Coat of Arms and its flag, as depicted in Blaeu's Atlas (c. 1644).
By a misunderstanding the High Council of Nobility granted Oldenzaal in 1819 a Coat of Arms, azure with a yellow cross, with in the canton a bishop. The bishop was not the patron saint of Oldenzaal, Saint Plechelmus, but Saint Martin, the patron saint of Utrecht.
As the flag had been completely forgotten Mr. Klaes Sierksma designed on 15 Mar 1976 a flag "per bend blue and white, with a cross (1/3th of the flagheight) yellow on the blue part, red on the white part.".
In its wisdom the municipal council forgot the 1976 flag and asked Mr.
C.M.M.W. Machielsen to design a flag. That was adopted 17 September 1992.
Description: Blue with over all a yellow cross, with in the canton the
This flag was observed by Jan Oskar Engene, 13 May 1996, during the meeting of Hanseatic towns in Bergen, Norway.
In 2003 the same meeting was taking place in Frankfurt/Oder (Germany) and Slubice (Poland). Jens Pattke observed there the Oldenzaal flag with a Scandinavian cross.
Jarig Bakker, 14 Jul 2003
This afternoon I went asearching in dark Amsterdam backrooms and found
a black and white "plattegrond van Oldenzaal", a city-plan as depicted
by Johannes Blaeu, with two old Coats of Arms of Oldenzaal (same image as on Jens
Pattke's gifs, but other colors (blue = red, and yellow = white), and one
man bearing a flag: red with a white cross.
Jarig Bakker, 14 Jul 2003
Granted 24 Nov 1819.