Klaaswaal

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Klaaswaal, view of the village

Klaaswaal is a village and former municipality in the Dutch province of South Holland. It is centrally located on one of the islands of South Holland called the Hoeksche Waard. Klaaswaal was a separate municipality until 1984, when it was merged with Numansdorp to form a new municipality called Cromstrijen.[1]

The population size was 4,047 as of December 31, 2009.

History[edit]

In 1539 embankment of the polder Het Westmaas Nieuwland was started. The lords reserved a part of the nieuw land for the new to found village Claeswaal. The first buildings were built along the Voorstraat. At the end of this street, a church was built in 1566. Originally, it was built as a Catholic church, but the pastor of Strijen didn't want to come to the village as he considered the distance as too far. The community found a minister who was willing to hold the services, and therefore the services were of a Protestant nature.

In 1602 the embankment of the Nieuw-Cromstrijense polder was finished. Since then, Klaaswaal doesn't have a connection with the Hollands Diep anymore.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

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Coordinates: 51°46′N 4°27′E / 51.767°N 4.450°E / 51.767; 4.450