Leffinge

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Church of Our Lady, Leffinge

Leffinge, sometimes Leffingen in English, is a historic village in Belgium, now part of the municipality of Middelkerke, province of West Flanders.

History[edit]

Charter confirming the gift of the church in Leffinge to the Order of the Temple, 1137

In 1137 the castellan of Saint-Omer confirmed the gift of the church in Leffinge to the Knights Templar. The medieval church was damaged in 1488, repaired around 1500, and demolished in 1857. The current neo-Gothic church was built 1877-1879 and restored in 1983.[1]

A preliminary action of the Battle of Nieuwpoort (1600) was fought in Leffinge, in which Scottish mercenaries in Dutch service particularly distinguished themselves.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk", in Inventaris Onroerend Erfgoed. Accessed 2 February 2016.
  2. ^ H.W. Lumsden, "The Scots at Leffingen, 1600", Scottish Historical Review 7 (1905), pp. 268-274.

Coordinates: 51°11′N 2°53′E / 51.183°N 2.883°E / 51.183; 2.883