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Tostedt Comprehensive Municipality (Germany)

Samtgemeinde Tostedt, Kreis Harburg, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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Tostedt Comprehensive Municipality

SG Tostedt Municipal Flag

Description of flag:
It is a yellow over white horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Source: I spotted this flag in the town hall of Tostedt on 25 November 2013.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013

SG Tostedt Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a silver (= white) shield is a green inescutcheon surrounded by eight green oak leaves. The inescutcheon displays a golden (= yellow) axe and a sword of the same colour. They are crossed per saltire and their blades are silver (= white).
Meaning:
The inescutcheon is representing the municipality of Tostedt. The pattern is the same like that one on the chief of the arms of the municipality (details see below). Each leaf is representing one of the eight other municipalities. The colours of the sheet are the colours of the former Kingdom of Hannover.
Source: municipal webpage


Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013


Tostedt Municipality

Tostedt Municipal Flag

[Tostedt  municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013

Description of flag:
It is a white over green horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Source: I spotted this flag in the town hall of Tostedt on 25 November 2013
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013

Tostedt Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a silver (= white) shield is a green oak tree with golden (= yellow) acorns, standing on top of a green hill. The shield has a green chief displaying a golden (= yellow) axe and a sword of the same colour. They are crossed per saltire and their blades are silver (= white).
Meaning:
The oak is symbolizing the riches of forests in the Tot, a hilly ridge around Tostedt. The axe is symbolizing forest clearances in the Middle Ages. The sword is alluding to the fact that Tostedt had been seat of a court since 1625.
Source: municipal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013


Handeloh Municipality

Handeloh Municipal Colours

[Handeloh municipal colours] 3:5
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Oct 2007

Description of colours:
The ratio of the flag is 3:5. It is a green over blue over black tricolour.
Source: Hauptsatzung of the Municipality of Handeloh; version 24 April 2003
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Oct 2007

(Editorial note: the information about the Hauptsatzung was confirmed by the municipality, but it was also told that no flag is in use; kms)


Kakenstorf Municipality

Kakenstorf Anniversary Banner

[Kakenstorf anniversary banner] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013

Description of banner:
It is a white banner with narrow blue stripes at the top- and bottom edge. In the centre is the coat of arms. It is surrounded by black inscriptions "1105-2005" (above) and "900 Jahre" (1st line) "Kakenstorf" (2nd line) (below).
Meaning:
The banner was made especially for the celebration of the 900 years anniversary, which took place in 2005. A municipal flag probably doesn't exist.
Source: municipal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is quartered into blue (1st and 4th field) and silver (= white) (2nd and 3rd field). The whole is superimposed by golden (= yellow) shelves with horseheads at their ends.
Meaning:
The colours blue and gold are taken from the arms of Harburg County and are symbolizing the close connections with the county. The shelves, which can be found on top the farmhouses' gables, are symbolizing the rural environment. The quarters allude to the fact that Kakenstorf belonged to the so called "four villages" (/Vierd?rfer/) together with Drestedt, Trelde and Spr?tze, which formed a municipality until 1900, when Kakenstorf became independent.
Source: municipal webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Nov 2013


Welle Municipality

Welle Municipal Flag

[Welle municipal flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 June 2017

Description of flag:
The flag is white with centred arms, on top edge is a blue stripe, on bottom edge a green stripe. The ratio of stripes is approx. 2:9:2.

Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 June 2017

Welle Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
Shield parted by a bar wavy Azure, above Azure a windmill Argent garnished Sable, beneath Vert a postal horn Or.
Meaning:
The bar wavy is representing little Este River, crossing the village. The windmill is that one of Kampen and representing this hamlet. The horn is reminding on the former station of the stage coach line from Celle to Harburg, where the horses were changed.
According to mayor Rüdiger Nelke the municipality had had no proper flag in 2013. The current flag probably never had been approved officially.
Source: Wilhelm Marquardt and Rolf Sander: "Gemeindewappen des Kreises Harburg", Stelle(Krs.Harburg) 1983; p.76
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 June 2017


Wistedt Municipality

Wistedt Municipal Banner

[Wistedt municipal banner] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 June 2017

Description of flag:
It is a green-white-red vertical tricolour with centred arms within the white stripe.

Source: Flaggenkurier No. 45, p.24; based on an image by Klaus Günther
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 June 2017

Wistedt Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
Shield parted twice per fess, above Vert a spade Argent in fess, in centre Argent, a rake and a scythe Vert in saltire, beneath Gules, over all two V-shaped barrulets wavy Azure, which nearly meet one another.
Meaning:
The barrulets are symbolising the watershed between Weser and Elbe. The creeks Wümme, flowing to Weser, and Oste, flowing to Elbe are approaching until 300 meters in the municipality and afterwards depart from one another. The spade is alluding to the local moors Kauers Wittmoor and Großes Moor and to peat bogging in the past. The other tools, both short hilted, are used for cultivating and cleansing the heather, together with the white colur they are canting, because they are creating a white place (German: weiße Stelle/Stätte, local Lower German: Wistedt). The red colour is alluding to the former clay pits, flanked by Wümme and Oste.
Source: Wilhelm Marquardt and Rolf Sander: "Gemeindewappen des Kreises Harburg", Stelle(Krs.Harburg) 1983; p.76
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 June 2017


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