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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.


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]


  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