Bascharage

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Bascharage
Commune
Bascharage.JPG
Coat of arms of Bascharage
Coat of arms
Map of Luxembourg with Bascharage highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Map of Luxembourg with Bascharage highlighted in orange, the district in dark grey, and the canton in dark red
Country  Luxembourg
District Luxembourg
Canton Capellen
Government
 • Mayor Michel Wolter
Area
 • Total 19.14 km2 (7.39 sq mi)
Area rank 61st of 116
Highest elevation 378 m (1,240 ft)
 • Rank 81st of 116
Lowest elevation 271 m (889 ft)
 • Rank 81st of 116
Population (2011)
 • Total 7,244
 • Rank 14th of 116
 • Density 380/km2 (980/sq mi)
 • Density rank 19th of 116
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
LAU 2 LU00009001
Website käerjeng.lu

Bascharage (Luxembourgish: Nidderkäerjeng, German: Niederkerschen) is a town and a former commune in south-western Luxembourg.

History[edit]

Bascharage with the other towns like Linger, Hautcharage and Pétange were owned by the "Hoheit Kerschen". The first known reference to them was April 4th in 1281 for obtaining their freedom under the law of Beamont "Freiheitsbrief nach Böhmerrecht“. The freedom of Clemency probably happened in 1260.

After the occupation of France (1794 – 1815), the “Hoheit Kerschen” changed in “municiaplité cantonale Bascharage” with the townships of Bascharage, Clemency, Mamer, Garnich and Dippach. This Township came out in 1799 as the “Mairie de Bascharage” with the towns of Bascharage, Hautchaurage and Linger. Their first mayor was Pierre Clemont in 1800. The first mayor of Clemency was Pierre Decker (until 1830).

Geological does Bascharage not belong to the Minette Region however they have a pretty tense relation with the iron industry. The Iron crisis in the 70s was responsible for the big loss of work for the citizens.

Even so the town has known a regularly evolution with the arrival of enterprises like General Motors or Luxguard. In Bascharage there is also the seat of the well known and probably biggest brewery of the country, Bofferding.

The old Township[edit]

Bascharage was until their fusion with the township Clemency, only one township for itself. January 1st in 2012, both agreed to undergo a fusion to become the new township Käerjeng.

Amorial Bearings[edit]

The arms were conferred on the town by Grand Ducal decree of 21 July 1969.

Mayor since 1858[edit]

  • Jean Nicolas Schumacher
  • Pierre Schütz
  • Jules Hemmer
  • Jean Peschong
  • Théophile Aubart
  • Nicolas Meyers
  • Robert Steichen
  • Marcel Gillen
  • André Siebenbour
  • Joseph Thill
  • Jean Christophe
  • Jeannot Halsdorf
  • Michel Wolter

Geography[edit]

Bascharage is crossed by the Chiers who also take the waters of Mierbech.

Gemeng Käerjeng (Township of Bascharage)[edit]

Gemeng Käerjeng is one of the 106 townships from the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg. She is situated in the south west of the country in the canton of the Cappellen, district of Luxembourg.

5 towns are attached to it: Bascharage, Clemency, Fingig, Hautcharage and Linger. Since the fusion with the township of Clemency, their one and only mayor until today is Michel Wolter.

Gemeng Käerjeng has more or less 10.000 citizens and is the 8th most important township from Luxembourg.

Gemeng Käerjeng is located on the dividing line of the waters of the Rhine basin (Eisch) and the watershed of the Meuse (Chiers). It is bounded by the municipalities of Pétange, Differdange, Sanem, Dippach, Garnich and Steinfort well as the Belgian border northwest.

Height: Between 295 yards at the so-called location “Tapp” near Linger and 432 yards at the so-called location “Kues” near Fingig.

Total surface: 20.15 miles.

Economy[edit]

Bascharage is housing the national wide brewery blond beer which is known as Bofferding. An industrial zone was also born around 30 years ago which, today, regroups local and regional companies from big subsidiaries such as General Motors, Luxguard and Delphi Corporation.

Sports[edit]

  • UN Käerjéng 97 (football)
  • HBC Bascharage (handball)

Notable residents[edit]

Coordinates: 49°34′N 5°55′E / 49.567°N 5.917°E / 49.567; 5.917