Liedekerke

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Liedekerke
Flag of Liedekerke
Flag
Coat of arms of Liedekerke
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Liedekerke is located in Belgium
Liedekerke
Liedekerke
Location in Belgium
Location of Liedekerke in Flemish Brabant
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Coordinates: 50°52′N 04°05′E / 50.867°N 4.083°E / 50.867; 4.083Coordinates: 50°52′N 04°05′E / 50.867°N 4.083°E / 50.867; 4.083
CountryBelgium
CommunityFlemish Community
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceFlemish Brabant
ArrondissementHalle-Vilvoorde
Government
 • MayorLuc Wynant (CD&V)
 • Governing party/iesCD&V, sp.a
Area
 • Total10.08 km2 (3.89 sq mi)
Population
(1 January 2017)[1]
 • Total13,103
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
Postal codes
1770
Area codes053, 054
Websitewww.liedekerke.be

Liedekerke (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlidəkɛrkə]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. On January 1, 2006 Liedekerke had a total population of 11,920. The total area is 10.08 km² which results in a population density of 1,183 inhabitants per km². Liedekerke means "church on the little hill."

The center of Liedekerke, seen from the Dender.

History

From the Carolingian era until the 11th century, Liedekerke was a part of the Shire of Brabant. Around 1056-1059, Baldwin V, Count of Flanders acquired the northwestern part of the village as a fief from the German emperor. This county ranged from the Scheldt and Dender rivers and also encompassed several other villages along the Dender, among which was Liedekerke. The name "Liekercke", which means "church on the little hill", was first drawn up as part of the county in 1092.

The fortress of the dukes of Brabant was near the Dender, on the land of Denderleeuw, with which it formed a Dominium. Throug marriage of the Jacques, Marquess of Veere and Marie of Hanaert, Baronnes of Liedekercke the house of Hénin-Liétard became resident Lords of the former castle.

Between 1796 and 1815, during the French occupation, Liedekerke became part of the department of the Dyle and in 1815 it became part of South Brabant. The old castle was destroyed.

Notable inhabitants

Liedekercke Castle, residence of the count of Bossu

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