|Municipal assoc.||Kirchberg (Hunsrück)|
|• Mayor||Elmar Herberts|
|• Total||4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)|
|Elevation||450 m (1,480 ft)|
|• Density||33/km2 (84/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
Würrich is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (district) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It belongs to the Verbandsgemeinde of Kirchberg, whose seat is in the like-named town.
The municipality lies in the central Hunsrück, right on the Hunsrückhöhenstraße (“Hunsrück Heights Road” – also called Bundesstraße 327 – a scenic road across the Hunsrück built originally as a military road on Hermann Göring’s orders), just outside Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, roughly 8 km west-northwest of Kirchberg and 10 km southeast of the Moselle at Zell.
Bearing witness to Würrich’s early history is a Roman estate that was unearthed in 1870.
In 1295, Würrich had its first documentary mention and was held by the Counts of Sponheim. As early as 1317, a chapel in Würrich was mentioned. In 1437 the village passed to the Margraviate of Baden and the Counts Palatine of the Rhine, who jointly ruled Belg and Würrich. In 1708, their holdings were partitioned and the two villages were assigned to the Margraviate of Baden. Beginning in 1794, Würrich lay under French rule. In 1815 it was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia at the Congress of Vienna. Since 1946, it has been part of the then newly founded state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
The former Würrich schoolhouse was dismantled and moved from its original site in 1996 to the Roscheider Hof Open Air Museum in Konz. In May 2000, the topping out was celebrated. Thereafter the house served to demonstrate timber framing and helped with school projects about this building style. After further conversions, the house was opened to the general public in 2008.
The Evangelical parish of Würrich comprises not only the municipality of that name but also Altlay, Belg, Rödelhausen, Peterswald-Löffelscheid, Hahn and Briedel’s outlying centre of Briedeler Heck. The merger with the parish of Hahn and its branch village of Heck came about in 1978.
Würrich’s mayor is Elmar Herberts, and his deputy is Reinhard Mohr.
Coat of arms
The German blazon reads: In Bau eine eingeschweifte silberne Spitze, darin eine blaue Kirche mit goldener Tür und goldenem Schalloch; vorn eine goldene ausgerissene Eiche, hinten drei goldene Ähren.
The municipality’s arms might in English heraldic language be described thus: Tierced in mantle dexter azure an oaktree eradicated Or, sinister azure an ear of wheat flanked by two ears of rye all couped of the second and in base argent a church of the first with door and sound hole of the second.
The charge in base, the church, is meant to stand for the one found in the village. A chapel is known to have stood in Würrich by 1317; the tapering cupola was added in the 18th century. The oaktree on the dexter (armsbearer’s right, viewer’s left) side symbolizes the municipality’s great wealth of woodland, and the ears of wheat and rye on the sinister (armsbearer’s left, viewer’s right) side symbolize agriculture, which has characterized the village for hundreds of years.
Culture and sightseeing
- Evangelical church, Dorfstraße – aisleless church, 1887/1888; former quire tower, latter half of the 13th century, Baroque cupola, 18th century; whole complex of buildings with graveyard
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden am 31.12.2012". Statistisches Bundesamt (in German). 2013.
- Der Landeswahlleiter Rheinland-Pfalz: Kommunalwahl 2009, Stadt- und Gemeinderatswahlen
- Würrich’s council
- James Parker explains in his work that a drooping ear represents rye, whereas wheat is shown with the ear standing up. The German blazon here does not specify the grains, but in English heraldic language, this distinction is made.
- Description and explanation of Würrich’s arms
- Directory of Cultural Monuments in Rhein-Hunsrück district
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- Municipality’s official webpage (German)
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.