Finnentrop

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Finnentrop
Bamenohl Manor
Bamenohl Manor
Coat of arms of Finnentrop
Coat of arms
Finnentrop is located in Germany
Finnentrop
Finnentrop
Coordinates: 51°10′N 07°58′E / 51.167°N 7.967°E / 51.167; 7.967Coordinates: 51°10′N 07°58′E / 51.167°N 7.967°E / 51.167; 7.967
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Arnsberg
District Olpe
Subdivisions 40
Government
 • Mayor Dietmar Heß (CDU)
Area
 • Total 104.34 km2 (40.29 sq mi)
Elevation 220 - 651 m (−1,916 ft)
Population (2013-12-31)[1]
 • Total 16,958
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 57413
Dialling codes 02721, 02395, 02724
Vehicle registration OE
Website www.finnentrop.de

Finnentrop is a Gemeinde (municipality) in Olpe district in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Finnentrop is situated in the Sauerland, near the forks of the rivers Bigge and Lenne and is divided into the following constituent communities:

Ahausen with Ahauser Mühle, Dahm
Altfinnentrop
Bamenohl
Bausenrode
Deutmecke
Elsmecke
Faulebutter
Fehrenbracht with Fretterspring
Finnentrop
Fretter with Delf, Giebelscheid
Frettermühle with Mißmecke
Frielentrop
Gierschlade with Schwartmecke
Glinge
Heggen
Hollenbock
Hülschotten with Tiefenau
Illeschlade
Lenhausen
Müllen
Ostentrop
Permecke
Ramscheid
Rönkhausen
Sange
Schliprüthen with Schliprüthener Mühle, Becksiepen, Kuckuck, Steinsiepen
Schöndelt
Schönholthausen with Besten
Serkenrode
Weringhausen
Weuspert with Klingelborn
Wiebelhausen
Wörden

History[edit]

While the municipality of Finnentrop didn't come into being before 1 July 1969, the history of the contituing villages dates back from the Middle Ages. In 1162 Lenhausen and Rönkhausen were mentioned for the first time. Until 13 July 1908, the place now known as Finnentrop had three names: Habbecke, Neubrücke (“Newbridge”) and, once the Ruhr-Sieg railway was built, Bahnhof Finnentrop (“Finnentrop Railway Station”). Neubrücke consisted of only one building at the forks of Bigge and Lenne (Reuters Haus, first mentioned in 1847). The “new bridge” seems to have already been built by 1847, as the “Reuter” had to charge tolls.

The new municipality was cobbled together in 1969 from parts of the old Amt of Serkenrode (Meschede district), the communities of Schliprüthen and Oedingen and parts of Attendorn-Land and Helden. This restructuring also saw the community pass from Meschede district (which was abolished in 1974) to Olpe district. The community’s name is drawn from the original centre of Finnentrop lying a few hundred metres up the Bigge, and now known as Altfinnentrop (“alt” is German for “old”). The ending —trop comes from trop or torp, meaning “village”. The High German word Dorf is a cognate, as is the English word thorpe.

The municipal arms bear a rose under a wavy chevron. The rose stands for the Lords of Finnentrop (von Vinnentrop) and comes down from the year 1358. The chevron stands for the two rivers, the Bigge and the Lenne, which merge in the community. The colour green refers to the great swathes of greenery in the municipal area.

Finnentrop maintains partnership arrangements with:

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Theatres & Museums[edit]

  • Schützenhof Lichtspiele, 1954-vintage movie theater renovated in 2006 with 170 seats
  • Kulturgemeinde Finnentrop
  • Laienspielgruppe „Ostentroper Scala“
  • Laienspielgruppe Serkenrode
  • Heimatstube Schönholthausen (museum)
  • Several choirs and singing clubs

Buildings[edit]

  • Catholic parish church “St. Johannes-Nepomuk”
  • Evangelical parish church "Christuskirche"
  • Festhalle (festival hall) Finnentrop
  • Haus Bamenohl (castle) in Bamenohl
  • Reiterstellwerk (signal box)
  • Ringlokschuppen (locomotive roundhouse)
  • Schloss Ahausen (castle) close to Heggen
  • Schloss Lenhausen (castle) in Lenhausen

Regular events[edit]

  • Schützenfest (marksmen's festival) in the larger villages
  • Waldfest „Im Schee“ Finnentrop (“forest festival”, weekend before Whitsun)
  • Bürgerfrühschoppen of the fire brigade on German Unity Day
  • Christmas market at the town hall (second weekend in Advent)
  • Prunksitzung by the Lenhausen Carnival Club (LCC) (revue, Saturday before Altweibertag – Old Women’s Day)
  • Prunksitzung by the Festkommitee Finnentroper Karneval (revue)
  • Spritzenfest of the fire station Bamenohl (second weekend in August)

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Among the nationally known companies in Finnentrop are a plant of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, Metten Fleischwaren (meat processing), Eibach Federn (automotive springs).

Transport[edit]

Finnentrop station is situated at the Ruhr-Sieg railway, from where the Bigge Valley Railway connects to Olpe.

Public institutions[edit]

  • Rathaus Finnentrop (town hall)
  • Erlebnisbad Finto (“adventure pool”)
  • Jugendherberge Bamenohl (hostel) (Germany’s first private hostel after the Second World War)
  • Finnentrop volunteer fire brigade with eleven fire stations
  • Jugendherberge Heggen (hostel

Education[edit]

There are several primary schools, one Hauptschule, one Realschule and one Gesamtschule.

Famous people[edit]

Honorary citizens[edit]

  • Erwin Oberkalkofen, former mayor
  • Ernst Vollmer, former community director

Sons and daughters of the community[edit]

Famous people who have worked in the community[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Bitter, Franz, Finnentrop Sauerland. Das Pfarrdorf, seine Industrie, der Eisenbahnknotenpunkt und seine Bewohner. Finnentrop 1955. edited by Sasse, R., 2005. [1]
  • Feldmann, Thomas, Die Finnentroper Chronik. Finnentrop 1994.
  • Pickert’sche Sammlung, written by Voss, W., edited by Sasse, R., 2005,[2]
  • further collection of literature from the Arbeitskreis für Geschichte und Heimatpflege in der Gemeinde Finnentrop e.V. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 4 September 2014. 

External links[edit]


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.