Pingjum

Pingjum (West Frisian: Penjum) is a village in the municipality of Súdwest-Fryslân in Friesland, in the northern Netherlands and lies 6.6 kilometres (4.1 mi) southwest of Harlingen. It had a population of around 595 in January 2017.[1]

Pingjum

Penjum
Village
St Victory Church
St Victory Church
Flag of Pingjum
Flag
Coat of arms of Pingjum
Coat of arms
Location in the former Wûnseradiel municipality
Location in the former Wûnseradiel municipality
Pingjum is located in Netherlands
Pingjum
Pingjum
Location in the Netherlands
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°06′58″N 5°26′24″E / 53.116°N 5.440°E / 53.116; 5.440
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalitySúdwest-Fryslân Súdwest-Fryslân
Population
 (2017)
 • Total595
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
8749
Dialing code0517

HistoryEdit

During the February flood of 1825, Frisian seawalls broke. Pingjum was spared thanks to a dike around the village known as the Pingjumer Golden Collar (Pingjumer Gulden Halsband). In 1892 the province of Friesland decided to put an end to the Pingjumer Golden Collar coastal protection, although in several places the dike is still visible.[2] This ring dyke was originally built in part to reclaim land from the Marne Estuary to the north of the village.[3]

 
The Pingjumer Golden Collar southwest of Pingjum in 2011

Before 2011, the village was part of the Wûnseradiel municipality.

Notable residentsEdit

  • Obbe Sikkes Bangma (1768–1829), mathematician
  • Rients Gratama, comedian
  • Lammert Scheltes Hilarides (1868–1934), handball player
  • Jan Reitsma (1869–1959), handball player
  • Jan Ykema, Olympic speedskating medallist, lives in Pingjum

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2017 – CBS Statline
  2. ^ http://www.dorppingjum.nl/
  3. ^ Spek, Theo (2 September 2017). "De Marneslenk Het kustlandschap van zuidelijk Westergo door de eeuwen heen" (PDF). Retrieved 22 March 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Pingjum at Wikimedia Commons