Oirschot (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈoːrsxɔt] (audio speaker iconlisten); Orskot in the local dialect) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands. It is situated 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the city of Eindhoven and 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the city of Tilburg in the province North Brabant (Noord-Brabant). The municipality had a population of 18,623 in 2019.

Oirschot
Former city hall of Oirschot
Former city hall of Oirschot
Flag of Oirschot
Coat of arms of Oirschot
Highlighted position of Oirschot in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates: 51°30′N 5°18′E / 51.500°N 5.300°E / 51.500; 5.300Coordinates: 51°30′N 5°18′E / 51.500°N 5.300°E / 51.500; 5.300
CountryNetherlands
ProvinceNorth Brabant
Government
 • BodyMunicipal council
 • MayorJudith Keijzers-Verschelling (CDA)
Area
 • Total102.84 km2 (39.71 sq mi)
 • Land101.78 km2 (39.30 sq mi)
 • Water1.06 km2 (0.41 sq mi)
Elevation17 m (56 ft)
Population
 (January 2019)[4]
 • Total18,623
 • Density183/km2 (470/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Oirschottenaar
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postcode
5090–5091, 5688–5689
Area code013, 0499
Websitewww.oirschot.nl
Dutch Topographic map of the municipality of Oirschot, June 2015

Population centresEdit

  • Oirschot
  • Middelbeers
  • Oostelbeers
  • Spoordonk
  • Westelbeers
 
Saint Petrus church

SightsEdit

There are more than 300 monuments in the municipality Oirschot.

Some of the monuments are:

  • The Roman Catholic Church named Sint-Petrus’-Bandenkerk. This 15th- and 16th-century Gothic church is the biggest building in the town of Oirschot and the tower of the church is 73 meters high.
  • The old town hall build in 1513 in the centre of town (Oirschot)
  • Maria-church (Maria-kerk). A 12th-century Romanesque church in the centre of the town of Oirschot.
  • Monastery Nazareth (Klooster Nazareth) with a chapel in Neoromanesque style (1910).
  • Former Brewery De Kroon (Brouwerij de Kroon) built in 1773
  • Hof van Solms, palace of Arnoldus Feij (or Arnold Fey)
  • The Big Chair (De Grote Stoel) the biggest chair of Europe
  • Huize Groenenberg, a house built in 1613

Some of the monuments outside of the town are:

  • Chapel of the Holy Oak (Kapel van de Heilige Eik), stone chapel dated to 1854 built on the foundations of a stone chapel of 1606 (there was another stone chapel and a wooden chapel on the same location before the one of 1606). The chapel of 1606 was demolished by order of the States General in 1649 (Catholicism could not be practiced openly)
  • The Old Tower (Oude Toren) of Oostelbeers, a church tower of the 14th century in a patch of forest surrounded by fields
  • The Old Church of Middelbeers (Het Oude Kerkje - Oude Sint-Willibrorduskerk) - intact gothic rural church (15th century) typical for the region
  • Maria Chapel (Mariakapel) of Westelbeers - chapel dating to 1637; it is a mystery why this chapel was not demolished during the 1640s or 1650s like nearly all other Catholic chapels in the region were

EventsEdit

  • Zinderend Oirschot
  • Countery & Western weekend

There are many more festivals in Oirschot every year.

PoliticsEdit

City CouncilEdit

The municipal elections in March 2018 resulted in the following make-up of the City Council (17 seats in total):

  • CDA: 4 seats
  • De Gewone Man (local party): 4 seats
  • Dorpsvisie (local party): 3 seats
  • Sociaal Progressief Oirschot (local party): 3 seats
  • VVD: 2 seats
  • D66: 1 seats

The old 2014 coalition that was governing Oirschot was formed out of 4 parties: CDA, Socialist Party, Dorpsvisie and PvdA.

MayorEdit

The mayor of the municipality Oirschot is named Judith Keijzers-Verschelling. She is member of the political party CDA.

Notable peopleEdit

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Samenstelling" [Members] (in Dutch). Gemeente Oirschot. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2 June 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 5688AK". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 1 January 2019.

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