Boekel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbukəl] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands.

Boekel town hall
Boekel town hall
Flag of Boekel
Coat of arms of Boekel
Highlighted position of Boekel in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°36′N 5°40′E / 51.600°N 5.667°E / 51.600; 5.667Coordinates: 51°36′N 5°40′E / 51.600°N 5.667°E / 51.600; 5.667
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorPierre Bos (CDA)
 • Total34.52 km2 (13.33 sq mi)
 • Land34.51 km2 (13.32 sq mi)
 • Water0.01 km2 (0.004 sq mi)
Elevation16 m (52 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total10,959
 • Density318/km2 (820/sq mi)
 • Uden-Veghel
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code0492
Dutch Topographic map of Boekel, June 2015


Previously it was assumed the name Boekel referred to the forest ("loo" in Dutch) of the lords Boc, similar to places like Boxmeer and Boxtel. The lords Boc were the first lords of Boxmeer, but have no connection to the other two places.

Currently, it is presumed that the name derives from Beukeloo, which is a type of beech forest.

Population centresEdit


Land van HerpenEdit

Boekel was founded at some point in the Middle Ages as a settlement with a number of farms.

In the 13th century Boekel was part of de heerlijkheid Uden. In 1233 a separation took place between the Land van Cuijk and the Land van Herpen [nl] and Uden. At that time Uden, together with Herpen, formed a unit of government called a heerlijkheid. Until the foundation of the city of Ravenstein, Herpen was the main city of this region. Rutger van Herpen sold or leased in 1313 or 1314 the community rights (gemene gronden) to the residents of Boekel and Volkel. When the noble lord wanted to improve his cash position, he charged the use of any of its soil, beginning with the wasteland in his heerlijkheid. This common land was mainly marshy land and barren higher grounds, such as heaths.

Land of RavensteinEdit

In 1324 the heerlijkheid of Uden administratively belonged to the Land of Ravenstein, under the rule of the House of Valkenburg until 1396.

From the aldermen Herpen and Uden the Heikantsgericht was created in 1339. These stretched across the entire former heerlijkheid of Uden, consisting of Uden, Boekel and Zeeland. Of these aldermen, which in total had seven members, two were from Boekel.

Reinoud of Valkenburg (married to Elisabeth van Kleef) died childless so the Duke of Brabant Adolf van Kleef gained Herpen, Ravenstein and Uden, so in 1397 Kleef's territory was enlarged. Afterwards the area came under the rule of Neuburg-Palts in 1629. Under the Neubergers' rule, the area had religious freedom.

Because the neighboring provinces of Brabant and Gelderland from 1648 officially fell under the States-General, this Land van Ravenstein [nl] more and more was seen as "foreign". The religious freedom provided opportunities for Catholics in the States of Brabant. The Catholics of Erp built their own barn church on the border with Boekel. Due to the religious freedom several Catholic religious orders also settled in the Land of Ravenstein. In 1741 members of the Brothers Penitent, from the Handelse Kluis themselves wanted to settle in Boekel. Led by Daniël de Brouwer [nl] the brothers laid the foundation for the Psychiatric Hospital Huize Padua.

From the 17th century various conflicts arose between the villages of Boekel, Uden and Gemert around the demarcation lines between the Ravenstein, Cuijk and Gemert areas. In 1663 the boundary dispute with the Vrije Heerlijkheid Gemert was settled. In 1729, a similar problem with Uden was settled.

See alsoEdit

Leontien van Moorsel, 2014

Notable peopleEdit



  1. ^ "Samenstelling college van B&W" [Members of the board of mayor and aldermen] (in Dutch). Gemeente Boekel. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2020" [Key figures for neighbourhoods 2020]. StatLine (in Dutch). CBS. 24 July 2020. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Postcodetool for 5427AB". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

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