Rzędziny [ʐɛnˈd͡ʑinɨ] (formerly Nassenheide, Pomerania until 1945)[1] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Dobra, within Police County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, in north-western Poland, close to the German border.[2] It lies approximately 6 kilometres (4 mi) north-west of Dobra, 16 km (10 mi) west of Police, and 21 km (13 mi) north-west of the regional capital Szczecin.

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Rzędziny is located in Poland
Coordinates: 53°31′56″N 14°20′8″E / 53.53222°N 14.33556°E / 53.53222; 14.33556
CountryPoland Poland
VoivodeshipWest Pomeranian


From the 1890s until 1908, the village, then part of the German Empire and known as Nassenheide, was the home of Elizabeth von Arnim, an author born in Sydney, Australia and brought up in England; her experiences were encapsulated in her first semi-autobiographical novel Elizabeth and Her German Garden (1898).[3] In spring and summer 1905, the English writer E.M. Forster lived at the von Arnim family estate, working as a tutor to the von Arnim children.[4] Forster wrote a short memoir of the months he spent there.[5][6] From April to July 1907, the writer Hugh Walpole was the children's tutor.[7]

There is a memorial statue to Elizabeth von Arnim in the nearby village of Buk.


  1. ^ Maddison, Isobel; Römhild, Juliane, et al. (22 June 2017) Reading Elizabeth von Arnim Today: An Overview in Women: A Cultural Review, Volume 28, 2017 - Issue 1-2. Retrieved 18 July 2020
  2. ^ "Central Statistical Office (GUS) - TERYT (National Register of Territorial Land Apportionment Journal)" (in Polish). 2008-06-01.
  3. ^ Elizabeth and Her German Garden introduced by Elizabeth Jane Howard; Virago Modern Classics ISBN 978-1-84408-349-7
  4. ^ Sully, R. (2012) British Images of Germany: Admiration, Antagonism & Ambivalence, 1860-1914, p.120. New York: Springer. Retrieved 20 July 2020 (Google Books)
  5. ^ E.M. Forster, (1920-1929) 'Nassenheide'. The National Archives. Retrieved 18 July 2020
  6. ^ Maddison, Isobel (2012)'A Second Flowering', p.5. Katherine Mansfield Society. Retrieved 18 July 2020
  7. ^ Steele, Elizabeth (1972). Hugh Walpole, p. 15. London: Twayne. ISBN 0805715606.

Coordinates: 53°31′56″N 14°20′8″E / 53.53222°N 14.33556°E / 53.53222; 14.33556