Bromskirchen

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Bromskirchen
Aerial photograph (2013)
Aerial photograph (2013)
Coat of arms of Bromskirchen
Coat of arms
Bromskirchen   is located in Germany
Bromskirchen
Bromskirchen
Coordinates: 50°58′N 08°52′E / 50.967°N 8.867°E / 50.967; 8.867Coordinates: 50°58′N 08°52′E / 50.967°N 8.867°E / 50.967; 8.867
Country Germany
State Hesse
Admin. region Kassel
District Waldeck-Frankenberg
Government
 • Mayor Karl-Friedrich Frese (Ind.)
Area
 • Total 35.23 km2 (13.60 sq mi)
Elevation 414 m (1,358 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,838
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 59969
Dialling codes 02984
Vehicle registration KB
Website www.hessennet.de

Bromskirchen is a community in Waldeck-Frankenberg in Hesse, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Bromskirchen lies at the edge of the Rothaargebirge in southwest Waldeck-Frankenberg, right on the boundary with North Rhine-Westphalia's district of Hochsauerlandkreis.

More than 70% of the community's area is wooded.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Bromskirchen borders in the north on the town of Hallenberg (Hochsauerlandkreis in North Rhine-Westphalia), in the east on the town of Frankenberg, in the south on the community of Allendorf and the town of Battenberg (all three in Waldeck-Frankenberg), and in the west on the town of Bad Berleburg (Siegen-Wittgenstein in North Rhine-Westphalia).

Constituent communities[edit]

  • Bromskirchen
  • Dachsloch
  • Neuludwigsdorf
  • Seibelsbach
  • Somplar

History[edit]

Bromskirchen had its first documentary mention in 1238 in an account from the Archbishopric of Mainz. After the Thirty Years' War, the village passed to Hesse-Darmstadt, and in 1866 to Prussia.

For centuries, the village's livelihood was based on agriculture on scant land, and the forest.

Population development[edit]

Year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Inhabitants 1,852 1,868 1,896 1,895 1,858 1,879 1,895 1,920 1,913 1,952 1,961 1,958 1,940 1,916

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The council's 15 seats and the executive's 5 are apportioned thus, in accordance with municipal elections held on 26 March 2006:

Eligible voters: 1,528

Voter participation: 52.2%

Party Votes  % Council seats Executive seats
Bürgerliste Bromskirchen 5,210 49.2 7 3
Bürgerliste Somplar 2,926 27.6 4 1
Unabhängige Bürgerliste 2,459 23.2 4 1

The three "parties" represented on council are all "citizens' lists". None of Germany's national parties is represented.

Coat of arms[edit]

Bromskirchen's civic coat of arms might heraldically be described thus: Party per pale, dexter in sable a sword Or with hilt per cross pattée Or, sinister in argent a lattice per lozengy sable, thereover a fess Or.

These arms were conferred on 12 November 1982. The sword stands for the local patron saint, Saint Martin of Tours, who is actually depicted in some Hessian civic coats of arms (see Amöneburg and Neustadt (Hesse)). The cross stands for the church, thereby making it a canting element for the —kirchen name ending (which means "church"). The other half of the arms comes from those borne by the Lords of Winter, the local rulers from the 15th to 18th century. The black and silver (or white, or indeed grey, as it appears in this article) were the old County of Battenberg colours.[1]

Partnerships[edit]

Bromskirchen maintains partnership links with:

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Buildings[edit]

Bromskirchen's town hall was built between 1619 and 1621. It is a half-timbered house with ornamental carvings.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Bromskirchen is an economic centre and offers more than 900 jobs in its working trades, the greatest share of which is held by the firm Hoppe AG, a leading manufacturer of door and window fittings.

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