Aalst, Zaltbommel

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Aalst
Village
Coat of arms of Aalst
Coat of arms
LocatieZaltbommel.png
The village centre (red) and the statistical district (light green) of Aalst in the municipality of Zaltbommel.
The village centre (red) and the statistical district (light green) of Aalst in the municipality of Zaltbommel.
Coordinates: 51°47′N 5°7′E / 51.783°N 5.117°E / 51.783; 5.117Coordinates: 51°47′N 5°7′E / 51.783°N 5.117°E / 51.783; 5.117
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Municipality Zaltbommel
Population (1 January 2010)
 • Total 1,986
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 5308

Aalst [aːɫst] is a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is a part of the municipality of Zaltbommel, and lies about 12 km southeast of Gorinchem.

In 2005, the village of Aalst proper had 1950 inhabitants. The built-up area of the village was 0.32 km², and contained 525 residences.[1] The statistical area "Aalst", which also includes the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 2020.[2]

For a short while, Aalst was a separate municipality. In 1818, it became a part of the municipality of Poederoijen.[3] According to the historian Van der Aa, there used to be an old castle here, but only a few remnants were left in the middle of the 19th century.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands, 2007. Figures are for the year 2006. Statistics are available in Google Earth format.
  3. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
  4. ^ Abraham Jacob van der Aa, "Aardrijkskundig woordenboek der Nederlanden", vol. 1 (A), 1839, p. 15.