Liesveld (former municipality)

Liesveld (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlisfɛlt] (listen)) is a former municipality in the western Netherlands, in the province of South Holland, and the region of Alblasserwaard. The former municipality had a population of 9,810 in 2006, and covered an area of 44.44 km² (17.16 mile²) of which 3.37 km² (1.30 mile²) was water. Since 2013 Liesveld had been a part of the new municipality of Molenwaard (ceased to exist in 2019).

Former municipality
Flag of Liesveld
Coat of arms of Liesveld
Location of Liesveld
Coordinates: 51°55′00″N 4°49′30″E / 51.91667°N 4.82500°E / 51.91667; 4.82500Coordinates: 51°55′00″N 4°49′30″E / 51.91667°N 4.82500°E / 51.91667; 4.82500
ProvinceSouth Holland
 • Total44.44 km2 (17.16 sq mi)
 • Land41.07 km2 (15.86 sq mi)
 • Water3.37 km2 (1.30 sq mi)
 (1 January 2007)
 • Total9,802
 • Density239/km2 (620/sq mi)
 Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The former municipality of Liesveld was formed on 1 January 1986 from the former municipalities of Groot-Ammers, Langerak, Nieuwpoort, and Streefkerk. It consisted of the population centres Groot-Ammers, Langerak, Nieuwpoort, Streefkerk, and Waal.

Its name is probably derived from a low-lying swampy area filled with reed grasses (Dutch: lies - Glyceria maxima) near Gelkenes. Castle Liesvelt was built on such a reedy field, giving its name to the Lords of Liesvelt, who owned lands within the municipality.

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