Hoogstade is a village in the municipality of Alveringem in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The village is located on the N8.[3] Until 1971, Hoogstade was an independent municipality.

Hoogstade
Village
Saint Lambertus Church
Saint Lambertus Church
Hoogstade is located in Belgium
Hoogstade
Hoogstade
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°58′45″N 2°41′30″E / 50.9792°N 2.6917°E / 50.9792; 2.6917Coordinates: 50°58′45″N 2°41′30″E / 50.9792°N 2.6917°E / 50.9792; 2.6917
Country Belgium
RegionFlemish Region
ProvinceWest Flanders
MunicipalityAlveringem
Area
 • Total5.60 km2 (2.16 sq mi)
Population
 (1999)[2]
 • Total352
 • Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneCET

OverviewEdit

Hoogstade was first mentioned in 859 als Hostede.[1] In 1578, the first armed meeting of Protestants in Veurne-Ambacht took place in Colaertshille near Hoogstade.[1] In 1794, the village was destroyed by French troops.[4]

Hoogstade was spared during World War I.[1] In 1871 Clep, a retirement home, had been built in the village.[5] On 29 January 1915, it was decided to turn the retirement home into a hospital, because it was close to the Yser Front, yet at a safe distance from the artillery bombardments.[6] The Belgian Field Hospital was very important during the Second Battle of Ypres. It had a capacity of 200 beds. Nevertheless 1,320 soldiers died in the hospital.[6] As of 2014, Clep is in use as a homeless shelter.[5]

The Hoogstade Belgian Military Cemetery is located near Hoogstade. Originally it also contained 150 French and some German graves. Nowadays, it is the resting ground for 805 Belgian, and 20 British soldiers. 17 Belgian soldiers are unidentified.[7]

In 1971, the municipality was merged into Alveringem.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hoogstade". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Arrondissement Veurne" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Hoogstade". Via Michelin. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Sint-Lambertuskerk Hoogstade". Cultuurpunt (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Historiek 'rustoord Clep'". Alveringem (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Gedenkplaten Belgian Field Hospital Clep". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Belgische militaire begraafplaats Hoogstade". Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2021.