Achlum

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Achlum
Village
De Achlumer Molen
Location of Achlum
Country Netherlands Netherlands
Province Friesland Friesland
Population
 • Total c. 670

Achlum is a village in the Dutch province of Friesland. It is located in the municipality Franekeradeel, about 7 km southwest of the city of Franeker.

Achlum has about 666 inhabitants.

History[edit]

The village has a church which dates from the 12th century and is placed atop a so-called terp mound. Around the year 1260 there was a priory of Augustinian nuns, a part of the Lúntsjerk monastery which was destroyed in 1530. At that time the prior in Achlum was rebuilt but in 1572 the Geuzen destroyed it again. In Achlum used to be a butter factory which processed the milk of local farmers to butter.

In 1811 a farmer from Achlum called Ulbe Piers Draisma established a mutual fire insurance. The insurance society was called Onderlinge Waarborgmaatschappij Achlum.

De Achlumer Molen is a smock mill in Achlum which has been restored to working order. The mill is listed as a Rijksmonument, number 15821.[1]

Community[edit]

Population[edit]

  • 2009 - 635
  • 2008 - 652
  • 2005 - 663
  • 2004 - 666
  • 2003 - 664
  • 2002 - 674
  • 2001 - 679
  • 2000 - 668
  • 1999 - 652
  • 1973 - 738
  • 1969 - 796
  • 1964 - 824
  • 1959 - 881
  • 1954 - 889

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tehnische Gegevens" (in Dutch). De Hollandsche Molen. Retrieved 24 November 2011.  (Click on "Technische Gegevens" to view.)

Coordinates: 53°8′57″N 5°29′5″E / 53.14917°N 5.48472°E / 53.14917; 5.48472