Leerdam

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Leerdam
Municipality
City walls and Glass Centre
City walls and Glass Centre
Flag of Leerdam
Flag
Coat of arms of Leerdam
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Leerdam in a municipal map of South Holland
Location in South Holland
Coordinates: 51°54′N 5°6′E / 51.900°N 5.100°E / 51.900; 5.100Coordinates: 51°54′N 5°6′E / 51.900°N 5.100°E / 51.900; 5.100
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Tjerk Bruinsma (acting) (PvdA)
Area[2]
 • Total 34.42 km2 (13.29 sq mi)
 • Land 33.79 km2 (13.05 sq mi)
 • Water 0.63 km2 (0.24 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (August 2017)[4]
 • Total 21,030
 • Density 622/km2 (1,610/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Leerdammer
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode 4140–4145, 4163
Area code 0345
Website www.leerdam.nl
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Leerdam, June 2015

Leerdam (Dutch: [leːrˈdɑm] (About this sound listen); population: 21,030 in 2017) is a city and municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland.

The municipality covers an area of 34.42 km2 (13.29 sq mi) of which 0.63 km2 (0.24 sq mi) is water. It comprises the town of Leerdam, the rural villages Kedichem, Schoonrewoerd and Oosterwijk. The south border of the town is formed by the river Linge. Leerdam is the most eastern town of the province of South Holland and is situated almost exactly in the middle of the three highways A2, A15 and A27.

History[edit]

Leerdam received city rights in 1407. The small river Linge, bordered by beautiful water meadows, defines the atmosphere and tone of the landscape. Several centuries ago Leerdam formed a part of the Vijfheerenlanden domain, before it was raised to the level of County in 1498.

In 1551, Leerdam, together with Acquoy, became property of the House of Orange and part of the County of Holland.

The rich history of Leerdam can be found in well-kept historic buildings such as the Grote Kerk (Great Church), the Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden (Mrs. Aerden Almshouses, now a museum), the remaining and restored city walls on the Zuidwal and the Oude Raadhuis (Old City Hall).

Gallery[edit]

Glass industry[edit]

Since the 18th century, the town's culture has been strongly influenced by the glass industry and the timber industry. The glass currently manufactured in Leerdam is internationally known as Royal Leerdam or (particularly in respect of designer glass and glass art) as Royal Leerdam Crystal. This, with the National Glass Museum, the Glass Centre (with its glassblowing and demonstration activities), and several art galleries, make Leerdam a major tourist attraction in the Netherlands.

From Easter until the end of October international glassblowers work in the Glass Centre [5] in Leerdam, which is open to the public.

Public transportation[edit]

The Leerdam railway station is situated on the Elst–Dordrecht railway.

Born in Leerdam[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College van burgemeester en wethouders" [Board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Leerdam. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 4141DA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Glass Centre". Glascentrumleerdam.nl. 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

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