Wefensleben

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Wefensleben
Coat of arms of Wefensleben
Coat of arms
Wefensleben   is located in Germany
Wefensleben
Wefensleben
Coordinates: 52°11′6″N 11°9′36″E / 52.18500°N 11.16000°E / 52.18500; 11.16000Coordinates: 52°11′6″N 11°9′36″E / 52.18500°N 11.16000°E / 52.18500; 11.16000
Country Germany
State Saxony-Anhalt
District Börde
Municipal assoc. Obere Aller
Subdivisions 2 boroughs
Government
 • Mayor Helmut Ebeling
Area
 • Total 12.63 km2 (4.88 sq mi)
Elevation 123 m (404 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,853
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 39365
Dialling codes 039400
Vehicle registration BK
Website www.obere-aller.de

Wefensleben is a village and a former municipality in the Börde district in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 1 January 2010, it is part of the collective municipality Obere Aller.

Geography[edit]

The river Aller near Wefensleben

Wefensleben is situated on the river Aller, in the lowland between the foothills of the Lappwald and the Osterberg (166 m). In the west is a forest of 24 ha named „Trenckmann's Busch“ or „Zechenholz“.

Village[edit]

Parts of Wefensleben are Wefensleben, the borough Belsdorf and the living-place Zechenhaus.

History[edit]

The first documentarily mention occurred in the year 1160 in the property list of the St. Ludger's Abbey in Helmstedt.

To middle of the 18th century Wefensleben is a pure farmer village. In the district available mineral resources influenced the evolution of the place.
With the discovery of a coal seam in 1741 the coal mining begans. Until 1825 coal was won in up to 12 shafts. From 1809 the Zechenhaus was the seat of the Eastphalian mountain and hut administration and from 1815 up to 1843 of the mountain and hut administration of the government district of Magdeburg.
Between 1750 and 1900 3 quarries were operated to produce sandstone blocks as building material for many sacral and profane buildings in Central Germany.
In the 70's of the 20th century several Plattenbauten were build in the village and Wefensleben became a sleep and living place for the attendants of the Helmstedt–Marienborn border crossing and their families. At this time many members of the Stasi moved to Wefensleben especially attendants of the Passkontrolleinheit (PKE) a division of the former Eastern Germany secret service who worked at the border crossing.

church Belsdorf
dove tower on the farmstead Tangermann

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