Teralfene

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Teralfene is a village in the municipality of Affligem, Belgium. It has an area of 244 ha (602.94 acres). The other communities in Affligem are Hekelgem and Essene.

Name

The name "Teralfene" originates from the brook Alfene (now called the Bellebeek) which flows into the Dender. The oldest reference to the village is Iuxta Alfnam (+- 1142)

History

During the post-Carolingian period, Teralfene belonged to the shire of Brabant. As from 1056 it was part of a German fief that was granted to the counts of Flanders (the so-called Imperial Flanders). During the French period (1796-1815) Teralfene was part of the Dijle-territory. During the Dutch period (1815-1830), this department was transformed to the province Zuid-Brabant by Willem I of Orange. Until the end of 1976, Teralfene was an independent municipality.

Politics

List of mayors

This list contains the known mayors of Teralfene until the merger into Affligem.

  • 1797: Joannes Van Nieuwenhove (agent municipal)
  • 1798: Jean Baptiste Vaerman (agent municipal)
  • 1799: Jean Verhaevert (agent municipal)
  • 1800-1803: Mathias Gruber (acting mayor, from Asse)
  • 1804-1808: Adrien Joseph De Bisschop
  • 1809-1811: Jean Baptiste Vaerman
  • 1812-1829: Jan Baptiste Van Nieuwenhove
  • 1830-1835: Adriaan Frans Asselman
  • 1836-1860: Ferdinand Van Den Plas
  • 1861-1898: Nicolaas Van Den Plas
  • 1899- : Egied Bosteels
  • 1900-1911: Josephus Bernardus Van Nieuwenborgh
  • 1912-1920: Jean Baptiste Callebaut
  • 1921-1938: Alfons Van Vaerenbergh
  • 1939-1940: Eugeen Bosteels
  • 1941-1944: Alfons De Bisschop
  • 1944-1946: Eugeen Bosteels
  • 1947-1952: Jozef Van Vaerenbergh
  • 1953-1970: Edmond Geeraerts
  • 1971-1976: Frans Van Den Borre

Political Parties

Before Teralfene became part of Affligem, two political parties were prominent at the local level: the Dries and the Daal-party, each named after an area of the village. Both parties originated from a disagreement over an inheritance, and divided Teralfene since 1850. The Daal and Dries parties had about equal power, and election victories switched constantly for over 100 years.

After the merger into Affligem, other parties (CVP, SP, VU and PVV) gained popularity, and the Daal and Dries parties dissolved.

Demographics

19th Century

Year 1806 1816 1830 1846 1856 1866 1876 1880 1890
number of inhabitants 697 737 903 1.062 1.135 1.231 1.337 1.420 1.494

20th Century until 1976 (year of merger into Affligem)

Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1947 1961 1970 1976
number of inhabitants 1.714 1.983 2.063 2.344 2.618 3.138 3.363 3.540

See also

Coordinates: 50°54′N 4°06′E / 50.900°N 4.100°E / 50.900; 4.100