Wipperfürth

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Wipperfürth
Protestant church
Protestant church
Coat of arms of Wipperfürth
Coat of arms
Wipperfürth is located in Germany
Wipperfürth
Wipperfürth
Coordinates: 51°7′0″N 7°24′0″E / 51.11667°N 7.40000°E / 51.11667; 7.40000Coordinates: 51°7′0″N 7°24′0″E / 51.11667°N 7.40000°E / 51.11667; 7.40000
Country Germany
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. region Köln
District Oberbergischer Kreis
Subdivisions 8
Government
 • Mayor Michael von Rekowski (SPD)
Area
 • Total 118.16 km2 (45.62 sq mi)
Elevation 177 - 406 m (−1,155 ft)
Population (2012-12-31)[1]
 • Total 21,392
 • Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 51688
Dialling codes 02267
Vehicle registration GM
Website www.wipperfuerth.de
Map of the city
Town hall

Wipperfürth is a municipality in the Oberbergischer Kreis of North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany, about 40 km north-east of Cologne, and the oldest town in the Bergischen Land.

History[edit]

The eldest documentary mention dates from 1131. In the Siegburger Mirakelbuch the place is already designated Oppidum(=town). Manner of writing of the first naming: "Weperevorthe". Wipperfürth received town rights between 1217 and 1222. Since 1283 the administration of the town was governed by count Adolf V. von Berg. Already in 1275 king Rudolf von Habsburg allowed the count to move his mint from Wildberg to Wipperfürth. Here, Pfennige were stamped according to Cologne model. In 1328, with the privilege of king of Ludwig of Bavaria the first coinage of Groschen in Germany began in Wipperfürth. Since the 14th century the town was a member of the Hanse. Businesspeople of the town traveled to Stockholm, Dorpat, Malmö, Novgorod, Reval and Lübeck. The town coat of arms of 1267 shows a church in merlons-reinforced wall. Leftovers of this town wall can still be found on the Klosterberg. The oldest building are located at the market, together with the market well. The development of the town was hindered by numerous town fires: 1333, 1352, 1368, 1383, 1404, 1412 and 1465. From 1815-1932 Wipperfürth was capital town of the district with the same name.

Geography[edit]

Geographical position[edit]

Wipperfürth lies on the flow Wupper which is designated in the upper reaches to the east of the town Wipper.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

The neighbouring municipalities and neighbouring towns are: Lindlar, Kürten, Wermelskirchen, Hückeswagen, Radevormwald, Halver, Kierspe and Marienheide.

Northwest
Hückeswagen
North
Radevormwald
Northeast
Halver
West
Wermelskirchen
Wipperfürth East
Kierspe
Southwest
Kürten
South
Lindlar
Southeast
Marienheide

Districts[edit]

districts of Wipperfürth

The town Wipperfürth is made up of 8 districts:

  • Wipperfürth
  • Egen
  • Kreuzberg (Wipperfürth)
  • Ohl
  • Agathaberg
  • Their
  • Wipperfeld
  • Hämmern


Localities[edit]

A Abstoß - Abshof - Agathaberg - Ahe - Ahlhausen - Alfen - Altensturmberg - Arnsberg
B Ballsiefen - Baumhof - Beinghausen - Bengelshagen - Benninghausen - Berge - Bergesbirken - Berghäuschen - Berghausen - Berghof - Berrenberg - Biesenbach - Birkenbaum - Birkerhof - Bochen - Böswipper - Boxberg - Boxbüchen - Bruch - Bühlstahl - Büschel
D Dahl - Dellweg - Dhünn - Dievesherweg - Dörpinghausen - Dörrenbach - Dohrgaul - Drecke - Dreine
E Egen - Egerpohl - Eichholz - Elbertzhägen - Engsfeld - Ente - Erlen
F Fähnrichstütten - Fahlenbock - Finkelnburg - Fliegeneichen - Forste - Freihäuschen - Friedrichsthal - Frösseln - Fürden
G Gardeweg - Gardeweger Mühle - Gerhardsfeld - Graben - Grennebach - Großblumberg - Großfastenrath - Großhöhfeld - Großscherkenbach - Grünenbaum - Grünenberg - Grüttenhausen - Grund - Grunewald - Grüterich
H Hackenberg - Hämmern - Hammer - Hahnenberg - Hamböcken - Hambüchen - Halkenberg - Harhausen - Hardenbicke - Hasenburg - Hasselbick - Haufe - Heid - Heidtkotten - Hermesberg - Herweg - Herzhof - Hilgerbrücke - Hintermühle - Hinterschöneberg - Hinterwurth - Hönnige - Hof - Hohenbüchen - Hohl - Hollinden - Hollmünde - Hülsen - Hütten - Hungenberg
I Ibach - Im Hagen - Isenburg
J Jägerhof - Jörgensmühle - Jostberg - Julsiefen
K Kahlenberg - Kahlscheuer - Kaplansherweg - Kerspe - Kirchenbüchel - Klaswipper - Kleineichhölzchen - Kleinfastenrath - Kleinscherkenrath - Klemenseichen - Kleppersfeld - Klespe - Klitzhaufe - Kluse - Kofeln - Kohlgrube - Kotten - Kremershof - Kreuzberg - Kupferberg - Küppersherweg
L Lamsfuß - Langensiefen - Laudenberg - Leiersmühle - Lendringhausen - Lesenbüchen - Leuchtenbirken - Levenhausen - Lieth
M Meddenbick - Mesewinkel - Mittelschneppen- Mittelschwarzen - Mosse - Müllensiepen
N Nagelsbüchel - Nagelsgaul - Neeskotten - Neuenhaus - Neuensturmberg - Neumühle - Neye - Neye-Siedlung - Niederbenningrath - Niederdhünn - Niederengsfeld - Niederflossbach - Niedergaul - Niederholl - Niederkemmerich - Niederklüppelberg - Niederröttenscheid - Niederscheveling - Niederwipper
O Oberbenningrath - Oberdierdorf - Oberflossbach - Obergaul - Oberholl - Oberholl - Oberkemmerich - Oberlüttgenau - Obermausbach - Obernien - Oberröttenscheid - Oberscheveling - Oberschneppen- Oberschwarzen - Ohl - Ommer - Ommerborn
P Pannenhöh - Peffekoven - Peddenpohl - Peppinghausen - Platzweg - Poshof
R Raffelsiefen - Ritterlöh - Ritzenhaufe - Roppersthal
S Sanderhöhe - Sassenbach - Schäfershöh - Schleise - Schmalenfeld - Schneppen - Schniffelshöh - Schnipperingen - Schnipperinger Mühle - Schollenbach - Schwelmer Siepen - Schwickertzhausen - Sommerberg - Sonnenschein - Speckenbach - Stillinghausen - Stüttern
T Their - Teufelswiese
U Überberg - Unterdierdorn - Unterholl - Unterlüttgenau - Untermausbach - Unternien - Unterschneppen - Unterschwarzen - Unterstenhof - Unterthier
V Vordermühle - Vorderschöneberg - Vorderwurth - Vossebrechen
W Warth - Wasserfuhr - Wegerhof - Weier - Wiegen - Wingenbach - Wipperfeld - Wipperhof - Wüstemünte - Wüstenhof

The coat of arms of Wipperfürth[edit]

The arms were granted on December 9, 1975, but have been in use a long time before. Wipperfürth received city rights between 1217 and 1222. The oldest seal dates from around 1250 and already shows a city wall, church and a small shield with the arms of the Counts of Berg, who ruled over the city. In the 14th century the small shield was removed. The present arms are based and nearly identical to the composition of the first seal. The city wall denotes the civic character of Wippenfürth, the church is the local St. Nicholas church.

Politics[edit]

Party Seats Sources
Christian Democratic Union 17 [2]
Social Democratic Party 8
UWG 5
Green Party 3
Free Democratic Party 3

Culture and places of interest[edit]

Dams[edit]

  • Kierspe dam
  • Neye dam
  • Schevelinger dam
  • Bever dam

Buildings[edit]

  • Altes Seminar ("Old seminar") in the Lüdenscheider Straße.
  • the former Franziskanerkloster (a cloister)

Churches[edit]

By far the oldest church in Wipperfürth is the Catholic parish church St.-Nikolaus placed in the downtown of Wipperfürth. Not far away, the Protestant church was built next to the marked-place in 1875. The so-called Antoniuskirche ("Antonius-church", a minister) was built on the Klosterberg ("cloister hill").

Spare time and sport[edit]

The town disposes of various sports field, stadium with field, indoor swimming pool with 25 meters of roads incl. sauna and sunbathing area, airfield, tennis courts, squash, riding spaces and play bowls.

Sport clubs[edit]

  • Airfield - Wipperfürth-Neye EDKN
  • DLRG Wipperfürth
  • 1.Wipperfürther Rock´n Roll Club
  • BKV Oberberg
  • Boxing club Wipperfürth
  • BSG Wipperfürth
  • Canoe friends Wipperfürth e. V.
  • Aerial sport association Wipperfürth
  • Motor sport club Wipperfürth in AAA road service e. V.
  • Cycling club Wipperfürth
  • Riding association Wipperfürth
  • Chess club Wipperfürth
  • Sports fisherman association Wipperfürth
  • Sports club Wipperfürth
  • Stadtsportverband Wipperfürth
  • Dance corps
  • Dance school Böhlefeld
  • Diving sport community Wipperfürth
  • TC Silber-Blau Wipperfürth
  • TV Wipperfürth
  • VfR Wipperfürth
  • VSG Wipperfürth e. V.
  • WTC Wipperfürth

Economy[edit]

During the industrial revolution several companies originated in the area of the textile industry. The most important industry company is the electric light bulb factory founded in 1904 Radium.

Radium also is even today together with the armature factory VOSS the biggest employer in Wipperfürth. Here particularly the electric-working industry, plastic-working industry, metal working industry and paper-working industry is resident.

Transportation[edit]

Federal highways[edit]

Wipperfürth lies in the intersection of the federal highways B 237 (Remscheid- Meinerzhagen) and B 506 (Cologne - Wipperfürth). The B 256 unidirectional Gummersbach in the place Ohl for the B 237.

Bus routes[edit]

(VRS: Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg, VRL: Verkehrsgemeinschaft Ruhr-Lippe), OVAG: Oberbergische Verkehrsgesellschaft AG, MVG: Märkische Verkehrsgesellschaft GmbH, KWS: Kraftverkehr Wupper-Sieg AG)

Public facilities[edit]

Health[edit]

Hospitals: St. Josef hospital Wipperfürth (258 beds)

Education[edit]

The municipality has two high schools, Engelbert von Berg - Gymnasium (high school), and Archbishop of St. Angela Gymnasium (high school), a secondary modern school, a Konrad Adenauer - secondary school, a work pedagogic school (occupational lecture), eight elementary schools and two special schools.

Notable people[edit]

Twin town[edit]

Further sources of information[edit]

Literature (German)[edit]

  • Joseph John, Geschichte der Stadt Wipperfürth, Gummersbach 1842;
  • Conrad Schmitz, Geschichte der Stadt Wipperfürth, Wipperfürth 1910;
  • Paul Engel, Wipperfürth im Wandel der Zeiten, Wipperfürth 1949;
  • Peter Opladen, Das Dekanat Wipperfürth, Siegburg 1955;
  • Anneliese Triller/Jörg Füchtner, Das Abschriftenbuch der Stadt Wipperfürth, Essen 1969;
  • Frank Berger/Fred Antweiler, Wipperfürth gestern und heute, Remscheid 1984
  • Fred Antweiler/Frank Berger, Wipperfürth und seine Kirchdörfer, Bergisch Gladbach 1986.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtliche Bevölkerungszahlen". Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW (in German). 31 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stadtrat" (in German). City of Wipperfürth. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 

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