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Town and municipality
Veghel Markt Anamorphic.jpg
Veghel Town Hall.jpg Villa Klondike - Veghel, 2014 - 2.JPG
Heilig Hartbeeld, Binnenhaven Veghel.jpg T.T Graansilo CHV-Terrein Veghel - Cropped.jpg Veghel (N-Br, NL) War memorial.JPG
Veghel Rijksmonument 37037 St.Lambertuskerk.JPG Veghel Synagogue.JPG
From top down, left to right: market square of Veghel,
former cantonal court and town hall, Klondike villa,
Sacred Heart statue, Wiebenga silo, Airborne Monument,
Saint Lambert Church, former Synagogue of Veghel
Flag of Veghel
Coat of arms of Veghel
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Veghel in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°37′N 5°33′E / 51.617°N 5.550°E / 51.617; 5.550Coordinates: 51°37′N 5°33′E / 51.617°N 5.550°E / 51.617; 5.550
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Incorporated 1310
Market rights 1719
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Ina Adema (VVD)
 • Municipality 78.92 km2 (30.47 sq mi)
 • Land 78.16 km2 (30.18 sq mi)
 • Water 0.76 km2 (0.29 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 10 m (30 ft)
Population (Municipality, May 2014
Urban area, January 2010; Metro region, January 2014)[4][5][6]
 • Municipality 37,655
 • Density 482/km2 (1,250/sq mi)
 • Urban 53,680
 • Urban density 2,272/km2 (5,880/sq mi)
 • Metro region 161,900
Demonym(s) Veghelaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 5460–5469
Area code 0413
Topographic map of Veghel (town), as of March 2014
Aa river in front of the Saint Lambert Church in Veghel

Veghel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛxəl]) is a municipality and a town in the south of the Netherlands.

Since 1994, Veghel and the neighbouring town of Erp have formed a single municipality.


The first settlements date back to Roman times and were established near the River Aa. The oldest written record of Veghel dates from 1225. It is a document of the Abbey of Berne, written in Latin on a piece of parchment, and describes several properties owned by the abbey. Among those is an estate located in the settlement of "Vehchele".

In 1310, John II of Brabant granted the inhabitants the right to use common grounds. For some decades in the 16th and 17th century the municipality was ruled by the Lords Van Erp, residing at their castle of Frisselsteijn in Veghel.

In 1648 Veghel became part of the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. As a former part of the Duchy of Brabant, Veghel is situated in the Meierij of 's-Hertogenbosch. As a Catholic town, Veghel (like all the other areas of Brabant and Limburg which were transferred to the Netherlands by the Peace of Westphalia) suffered economic and religious oppression from the Protestant Dutch and was part of the military buffer zone of the Dutch Republic.

In 1719 Veghel became a market town, when it was granted market rights by the States General of the Netherlands, receiving the privilege of holding weekly markets and four annual fairs. However, it was not until the French wars of 1795 that Veghel formally received freedom of religion again and received a guarantee of full common rights from the Dutch government. In 1810 Veghel became part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From the middle of the 19th century the agrarian market town began developing into an industrial town as a consequence of the opening of the Zuid-Willemsvaart Canal. The construction of large-scale buildings like the neogothic church by Pierre Cuypers and the neoclassical town hall dates from that period. Monastic orders made Veghel a regional centre of health care and education, which it remains to this day.

In 1940 Veghel was occupied by German troops. With the beginning of Operation Market Garden in 1944 Veghel was one of the dropping-places for Allied paratroops owing to its strategic location.

The period since the 1950s has seen much growth, with the development of new industries and the establishment in Veghel of several international companies (e.g. Mars, Incorporated, FrieslandCampina, DMV International, Agrifirm, Kuehne + Nagel, DHL Supply Chain, Alliance Healthcare, ThyssenKrupp and Vanderlande Industries). Its shopping centre and marketplace earned the town the name of "Pearl of the Meierij". Veghel is an educational centre for the surrounding district with several secondary schools, a senior secondary vocational school, and one of the oldest higher vocational schools in the area: the Pedagogic Academy, which was founded in 1872.



Population figures as of 1 January 2015, ranked by size:[7]

Town                Population         Density
Veghel (nl) 31,032 730/km2
Erp 6,743 189/km2

Population centres[edit]

Population figures as of 1 January 2015, ranked by size:[7]

Urban core       Population         Density
Veghel 26,491 1063/km2
Erp 4,761 239/km2
Zijtaart 1,727 173/km2
Mariaheide 1,449 355/km2
Eerde 1,365 387/km2
Keldonk 1,204 112/km2
Boerdonk 778 157/km2


The spoken language by the native population is North Meierijs (an East Brabantian dialect, which is very similar to colloquial Dutch).[8]

Local festivals[edit]

Every November sees the celebration of the entry of St Nicholas (Sinterklaas). Every two year in June or July The Slokdarmfestival takes place. On 1 September the harbour festival takes place. In February or March the traditional carnival is held.


  • The neogothic church of St Lambert and its graveyard containing war graves
  • The neorenaissance former town hall
  • The neogothic former synagogue (recently rebuilt)
  • The Protestant Waterstaat church
  • The monastery of the order of the Franciscans with its gardens and church

Notable residents[edit]

Twin towns - sister cities[edit]

Veghel is twinned with:



  1. ^ "Samenstelling B&W" [Members board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Veghel. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5461KN". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2010" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2010]. CBS Statline; Urban area (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2014" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2014]. CBS Statline; Metro region (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Population per centre as of 01-01-2015". Municipality of Veghel. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Jos & Cor Swanenberg: Taal in stad en land: Oost-Brabants, ISBN 9012090105

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