Biervliet is a small city in the Dutch province of Zeeland. It is a part of the municipality of Terneuzen, and lies about 16 km South of Vlissingen.

Small city
Street view with Our Lady Immaculate Conception church
Street view with Our Lady Immaculate Conception church
Flag of Biervliet
Coat of arms of Biervliet
Biervliet is located in Zeeland
Location in the province of Zeeland in the Netherlands
Biervliet is located in Netherlands
Biervliet (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 51°19′41″N 3°41′8″E / 51.32806°N 3.68556°E / 51.32806; 3.68556
 • Total21.34 km2 (8.24 sq mi)
Elevation2.9 m (9.5 ft)
 • Total1,550
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0115

Biervliet received city rights in 1183.[3] It was originally a fishing village which specialised in herring.[4] The flood of 1375 resulted in the creation of the former inlet Braakman, and after the St. Elizabeth's flood of 1404, Biervliet was on an island. In 1572, it was captured by the Geuzen. From 1619 onwards, the surrounding areas were enclosed with dikes and harbour disappeared in 1866.[3]

The Dutch Reformed Church in Biervliet has a number of intact stained windows dating from 1660 to 1661.[3] The Catholic Our Lady Immaculate Conception church is a three-aisled Gothic Revival church which was built between 1857 and 1858 to replace the medieval Mary church.[3]

Biervliet was home to 1,860 people in 1840.[4] Biervliet used to be an independent municipality. In 1970, it was merged into Terneuzen.[4]

Notable people edit

It is the home town of William Buckels (or Beuckelszoon), a 14th-century fisherman credit for inventing the process of preparing soused herring known as gibbing.

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 22 April 2022. two entries
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 4521AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Piet van Cruyningen & Ronald Stenvert (2003). Biervliet (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90 400 8830 6. Retrieved 22 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Biervliet". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 22 April 2022.