Emelgem

Emelgem is a village in the Belgian province of West-Flanders and a part (deelgemeente) of the municipality Izegem. Emelgem was an independent municipality until 1964. On that moment Emelgem had an area from 5,44 km² and was counting 5049 inhabitants.

Emelgem
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Emelgem is located in Belgium
Emelgem
Emelgem
Coordinates: 50°55′24″N 3°13′47″E / 50.92333°N 3.22972°E / 50.92333; 3.22972Coordinates: 50°55′24″N 3°13′47″E / 50.92333°N 3.22972°E / 50.92333; 3.22972
CountryBelgium
Province West Flanders
MunicipalityIzegem
Area
 • Total5.44 km2 (2.10 sq mi)
 Source: NIS
Postal code
8870

Emelgem is located close to the river the Mandel and to the canal Roeselare-Leie.

HistoryEdit

Even in antiquity Emelgem was inhabited, witness hereby are the prehistoric findings such as buildings and fire stones. Further, there also were Roman and Frankish findings.

Emelgem was long an agricultural village. Many inhabitants worked in the shoe and brush industry in the nearby city of Izegem. After the Second World War the village developed into a residential town and grew slowly with Izegem. On 1 January 1965 Emelgem was added administratively to Izegem.

SightseeingEdit

  • The protected Sint-Pieters church from the 18th century.

Evolution from the inhabitants numbersEdit

19th centuryEdit

Year 1806 1816 1830 1846 1856 1866 1876 1880 1890
inhabitants numbers 1591 1689 1806 1932 1647 1776 1924 1853 2073
Note:results from the people counts on 31/12

20th century until the fusion with IzegemEdit

Year 1900 1910 1920 1930 1947 1961
Inhabitants numbers 2460 3131 3124 3390 4129 4729
Note:results from the people counts on 31/12 until 1970 + 31 December 1976

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