Wallmerod

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Wallmerod
Coat of arms of Wallmerod
Coat of arms
Wallmerod   is located in Germany
Wallmerod
Wallmerod
Coordinates: 50°29′08″N 07°57′06″E / 50.48556°N 7.95167°E / 50.48556; 7.95167Coordinates: 50°29′08″N 07°57′06″E / 50.48556°N 7.95167°E / 50.48556; 7.95167
Country Germany
State Rhineland-Palatinate
District Westerwaldkreis
Municipal assoc. Wallmerod
Government
 • Mayor Ulf Ludwig
Area
 • Total 2.66 km2 (1.03 sq mi)
Elevation 320 m (1,050 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,445
 • Density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 56414
Dialling codes 06435
Vehicle registration WW
Website Wallmerod

Wallmerod is an Ortsgemeinde – a community belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde – in the Westerwaldkreis in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Wallmerod lies in the Westerwald between Montabaur and Rennerod. The community is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde of Wallmerod, a kind of collective municipality.

Neighbouring communities[edit]

Wallmerod borders in the north on the community of Bilkheim, in the east on the community of Molsberg, in the south on the community of Weroth, and in the west on the community of Berod. To the southeast lies Hundsangen, which can easily be reached over Bundesstraße 8.

History[edit]

On 4 February 1276, Wallmerode had its first documentary mention. On this day the Archbishops of Cologne and Trier and the Counts Gerhard von Diez, Heinrich von Sponheim and Diether von Molsberg all met, at which time Count Diether von Molsberg and his wife, Lisa von Isenburg, sealed a pledge in future not to harm the Marienstatt Monastery any longer, and to relinquish thereto all rights for evermore. Thus, in two archbishops’ and several princes’ presence, was a longstanding dispute between the Marienstatt Monastery and the Lords of Molsberg laid to rest.

In the Duchy of Nassau, the seat of the Amt of Meudt was shifted from Montabaur to Wallmerod, and given the new name Amt Wallmerod.

In the course of administrative reform, Wallmerod became the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde in 1972.

The community, which today has some 1,400 inhabitants, was, owing to its location, already of great importance early on. Bundesstraße 8 running through the middle of Wallmerod and formerly called Hohe Straße (“High Road”) or Kölnische Straße (“Cologne Road”), was likely, in its main branch, an age-old transport link from the northwest to the southeast (from Antwerp to Innsbruck).

Population development[edit]

Year 1815 1835 1871 1905 1939 1950 1961 1970 1980 1990 2000 2005
244 478 544 484 599 669 676 791 762 1007 1263 1315

Coat of arms[edit]

The spade with the W refers to the community’s name. The W is, of course, the initial letter, but moreover, the spade stands for the placename element –rod, from the root of Rodung (“clearing” in German; cognate with “Roding” found in some English placenames). The two churches stand for the community’s Evangelical and Catholic churches.

Culture and sightseeing[edit]

Buildings[edit]

Wallmerod's town hall

Buildings under monumental protection are, among others, the tithe house built in 1834, the prison from the first half of the 19th century and the old bakehouse.

Sport[edit]

On 1 December 2006, the sport and culture hall was dedicated, which the Ortsgemeinde of Wallmerod shares with the Verbandsgemeinde of Wallmerod.

Sport und Kulturhalle

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Look into the Eckengasse

Wallmerod lies favourably with regard to transport on the old trade road (Hohe Straße), nowadays called Bundesstraße 8, between Frankfurt am Main (78 km) and Cologne (103 km) in the southern Westerwald. The Autobahn interchange Diez/Wallmerod on the A 3 (CologneFrankfurt) is 9 km away.

Wallmerod lies on the Westerwaldquerbahn (railway), now only used for goods services. The nearest passenger stations, however, are Dreikirchen and Steinefrenz on the Unterwesterwaldbahn. The InterCityExpress station at Montabaur is 13 km away, and the one at Limburg Süd is 21 km away.

Education[edit]

Wallmerod has at its disposal one kindergarten and one primary school.

Famous people[edit]

Sons and daughters of the town[edit]

Johannes Orth (born 14 January 1847 in Wallmerod; died 13 January 1923 in Berlin) was a German physician, anatomist and pathologist.

References[edit]

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