The town centre (darkgreen) and the statistical district (lightgreen) of Limmen in the municipality of Castricum.
|Population||6,817 (1 January 2,006)|
Limmen has been mentioned in various documents since 750, by the name Limbon and later Limmen. It has seen prosperous times, but also times of struggle.
When the people of Limmen became more dependent on agriculture instead of trade at the beginning of the 15th century, the more wealthy moved away. For three centuries Limmen did not develop or grow, despite some efforts made to make the town more attractive. Around the year 1850 Limmen had only 450 inhabitants left.
Limmen was made more accessible in the late 19th century as an effect of the growing Dutch infrastructure, making Limmen a growing town. More work was created, especially by growing bulbs, which made Limmen the so-called "bollencentrum" (bulb-centre) of the northern part of Holland.
The annual "Bloemendagen" (Flowerdays) are a tradition in Limmen in the month of May. People living there make mosaics with the flowers of the Hyacinthus orientalis and set up the mosaics in front of their house. People from the neighboring village of Castricum judge the mosaics and various prizes are awarded.
The village also has a botanical museum.
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 . Statistics are for the continuous built-up area.
- Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Gemeente Op Maat 2004: Castricum .
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Limmen". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
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