Nederweert (Dutch: [ˈneːdərˌʋeːrt] ; Limburgish: Ni-jwieërt [ˈnɪjˌwiəʀt]) is a municipality and a town in southeastern Netherlands with a population of 17,171 as of 2021 and has an area of 101.78 km2 (39.30 sq mi) of which 1.80 km2 (0.69 sq mi) is water.

Saint Lambert church in Nederweert
Saint Lambert church in Nederweert
Flag of Nederweert
Coat of arms of Nederweert
Highlighted position of Nederweert in a municipal map of Limburg
Location in Limburg
Coordinates: 51°17′N 5°45′E / 51.283°N 5.750°E / 51.283; 5.750
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorB.M.T.J. (Birgit) Op de Laak (PvdA)
 • Total101.78 km2 (39.30 sq mi)
 • Land99.98 km2 (38.60 sq mi)
 • Water1.80 km2 (0.69 sq mi)
Elevation33 m (108 ft)
 (January 2021)[4]
 • Total17,171
 • Density172/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
6030–6035, 6090–6092
Area code0495

Nederweert lies at the intersection of three channels: the Zuid-Willemsvaart, the Noordervaart and the Wessem-Nederweert Canal. In the 19th century these channels provided transport routes to export peat that was harvested from the Peel. These channels connect Nederweert to Maastricht and 's-Hertogenbosch.

History edit

Nederweert was originally called 'Merefelt' which means 'amongst the lakes', though it was later named Weert van den nedersten eynde. A 'Weert' in old Dutch means a high place in the landscape. This latter name later changed into Nederweert as it is called today.

Sint Lambertuskerk

Before the 14th century Nederweert was part of the municipality of Weert. The first reference which speaks of Nederweert as independent was in 1419.

Nederweert has been under rule of the Graven van Horn (the dukes of Horn) until 1701. Later in 1715 it became part of the southern states of the Netherlands.

In 1785 it was annexed by the French. During this era it was part of the Belgian departement of the Nedermaas.

Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Nederweert, June 2015

Monuments edit

The most prominent monument of Nederweert is the Sint-Lambertus Kerk. It is a Brabantine Gothic-style church that was built in 1467.

Population centres edit

Notable people edit

  • Margriet Tindemans (1951 in Nederweert – 2014) a musician, specializing in medieval music
  • Marie Kessels (born 1954 in Nederweert) a Dutch poet and prose writer

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Collegeleden" [Members of the board] (in Dutch). Gemeente Nederweert. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  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 6031VR". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  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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