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Street in 2010
Street in 2010
Location in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands
Location in the province of Friesland in the Netherlands
Location in the municipality of Menaldumadeel
Location in the municipality of Menaldumadeel
Coordinates: 53°12′N 5°39′E / 53.200°N 5.650°E / 53.200; 5.650Coordinates: 53°12′N 5°39′E / 53.200°N 5.650°E / 53.200; 5.650
Country Netherlands
Province Friesland
Municipality Menaldumadeel
Population (January 2008)
 • Total 3,405

Dronrijp (West Frisian: Dronryp) is a town in the Dutch municipality of Menaldumadeel. On January 1, 2008, it had 3,405 inhabitants.[1]

History and architecture[edit]

A few centuries BC, a settlement developed around where the street Tsjerkebuorren is now (Stenvert et al., 2000). Another settlement came into existence nearby when a canal between Leeuwarden and Harlingen was completed in 1507. (Part of it was filled up in 1940.) Between roughly 1850 and 1950, these two gradually merged.

The oldest known reference to the town dates from 1132, when it was called Denningrip, meaning a "rip" (narrow stretch of land) where a family called Drenninga lived[2]

Of the old mansions in the area only the early 18th century Schatzenburg remains.

Miscellaneous information[edit]

The Van Harinxma canal, completed in 1953, runs along the south side of the town. The A31 runs along the north side. Dronrijp also has a railway station.

Painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born in the house at 2 Dûbelestreek, Eise Eisinga, famous for his planetarium, at 13 Tsjerkebuorren.



There are three windmills in Dronrijp; De Poelen, Kingmatille, and the Hatsumermolen.


  • Stenvert, R. et al. (2000), Monumenten in Nederland: Fryslân, Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle, the Netherlands. ISBN 90-400-9476-4.
  1. ^ www.menaldumadeel.nl Official site of the municipality
  2. ^ Groenedijk, T. (2000). Nederlandse plaatsnamen. Slingenberg Boekproducties, Hoogeveen, 2000. ISBN 90-76113-81-5. (Presumably, Groenedijk means "Drenningrip" here.)

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dronryp at Wikimedia Commons