|• Mayor||Alois Sauer (CWG)|
|• Total||19.81 km2 (7.65 sq mi)|
|Elevation||196 m (643 ft)|
|• Density||240/km2 (620/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||06028, 06092|
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Politics
- 4 Culture and sightseeing
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Leidersbach’s Ortsteile are Leidersbach, Ebersbach, Roßbach and Volkersbrunn.
The Schlossbuckel, a ridge within the outlying centre of Ebersbach and Soden, one of neighbouring Sulzbach’s outlying centres, had already been settled before the Christian era, as witnessed by finds there. In Roman times, likely in the 2nd century, a Celtic refuge fort – for the protection of civilians in time of war – was built, which in the Middle Ages was reinforced with a stone castle. This castle, however, fell into disrepair and was in the course of the 19th century cleared away, so that only the circular rampart can be seen today. Nonetheless it is a popular outing destination, for throughout Germany only three Celtic circular ramparts still exist.
The founding of the community itself came about in the Middle Ages. By comparing the place with other places with similar name origins, it can be inferred that the places ending in —bach (meaning “brook” in German) were likely founded in Carolingian times in the late 8th century. Ebersbach had its first documentary mention in 1183, and Leidersbach and Roßbach had theirs in 1200. Volkersbrunn’s first written reference is from 1248.
Already by this time, these villages belonged to Electoral Mainz. When this state was dissolved by the 1803 Reichsdeputationshauptschluss, the villages passed to the newly formed Principality of Aschaffenburg, with which they passed in 1814 (by this time it had become a department of the Grand Duchy of Frankfurt) to Bavaria.
On 1 January 1972, the formerly self-administering communities of Leidersbach, Ebersbach, Roßbach and Volkersbrunn merged into a new unitary community of Leidersbach.
The council is made up of 16 council members with seats apportioned thus:
Alois Sauer (CWG) has been the community’s mayor since 2002. He was confirmed in office in 2008 for a further six years.
Coat of arms
The community’s arms might be described thus: A fess wavy argent, in chief vert three bars of the first surmounting which a pair of tailor's shears expanded in saltire their points in chief of the first, in base gules a wheel spoked of six of the first.
The escutcheon’s upper half with the tailor’s shears and narrow stripes (“bars”) is a reference to the tailor’s craft and the clothing factories that were so important to the community’s development in the 19th and 20th centuries. The shield’s lower half shows the Wheel of Mainz in its historical tinctures, and this stands for the community’s history as an Electoral Mainz holding until 1803.
The arms have been borne since 1979.
Culture and sightseeing
- Ringwall at the Altenburg (castle) on the Schlossbuckel near Ebersbach
- Marienaltar at Saint Barbara’s Church in Ebersbach
- Historic Saint Jacob’s Church in Leidersbach built out of red bunter
- Youth education centre in the former monastery on the Klosterberg (“Monastery Mountain”) in Ebersbach
BRK Leidersbach is a local chapter of the Bavarian Red Cross (Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz) in the Miltenberg-Obernburg district association. It was founded on 16 March 1955. The Red Cross association is housed at Kolpingstraße 2 and has maintained the fields of the Youth Red Cross, Preparedness, SEG-Nord (emergency management) and, since 1 March 1984, a certified first responder with his own donation-financed, volunteered ambulance based at the Leidersbach fire station.
The Rhein-Main Bienen (“Rhine-Main Bees”; formerly HSG Sulzbach/Leidersbach) represents the community in the Handball-Bundesliga der Frauen (Women’s Federal Handball League). The club won the 2003-2004 championship, which brought with it advancement to the Hesse Upper League (Oberliga). The next season, the team became Hesse champions and won the subsequent elimination series with solid wins. In the Regionalliga Südwest the team took the championship with trainer Peter David in the 2005-2006 season unbeaten, moving up to the Second Bundesliga. HSG finished the season up as Second Bundesliga champions, and a playoff win against TuS Weibern earned the team a spot in the First Bundesliga. Furthermore, the women’s team managed to fill the Sparkassen-Arena in Elsenfeld with 3,500 spectators at a cup game against German champions 1. FC Nürnberg. Besides this team, there are two men’s teams, a further women’s team and several youth teams play.
The community of Leidersbach is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.
As of 2007 the following institutions existed in :
- Kindergartens: in the centres of Leidersbach, Ebersbach and Roßbach
- Primary school-Hauptschule: Volksschule Leidersbach for pupils from all four Ortsteile.
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- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.