Wjelsryp (Dutch: Welsrijp) is a village in Waadhoeke municipality in the province of Friesland, the Netherlands. It had a population of around 463 in January 2017.[3]

Wjelsryp church
Wjelsryp church
Flag of Welsrijp
Coat of arms of Welsrijp
Location in the former Littenseradiel municipality
Location in the former Littenseradiel municipality
Welsrijp is located in Friesland
Location in the Netherlands
Welsrijp is located in Netherlands
Welsrijp (Netherlands)
Coordinates: Coordinates: 53°9′59″N 5°36′24″E / 53.16639°N 5.60667°E / 53.16639; 5.60667
CountryNetherlands Netherlands
ProvinceFriesland Friesland
MunicipalityWaadhoeke Waadhoeke
 • Total5.95 km2 (2.30 sq mi)
Elevation−0.1 m (−0.3 ft)
 • Total455
 • Density76/km2 (200/sq mi)
Postal code
Dialing code0517


The village was first mentioned in 944 as Welsib, and means "bank of Wille or Wilse (person)".[4] Wjelsryp was originally a fishing village. The changing Wadden Sea forced the villagers to relocate to a terp (artificial living hill).[5]

The Dutch Reformed church was originally built around 1200. In 1515, the church was burnt down by the Arumer Zwarte Hoop. Its replacement collapsed in 1836. The current church was modified in 1892.[5][6]

Wjelsryp was home to 348 people in 1840. In the late-19th century, the economy switched from a fishing community to an agricultural community.[5]

Before 2018, the village was part of the Littenseradiel municipality and before 1984 it belonged to Hennaarderadeel municipality.[5]



  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 8842AA". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  3. ^ Aantal inwoners per dorp - Littenseradiel
  4. ^ "Wjelsryp - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "Wjelsryp". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Wjelsryp". Friesland Wonderland (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 April 2022.

External linksEdit

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