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.
The population size was 4,047 as of December 31, 2009.
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.
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Klaaswaal". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
- Official website of Cromstrijen The website of Cromstrijen
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