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The municipality of Villasur de Herreros (290 inhabitants in 2009; 8780 ha) is located in the center-east of the Burgos Province, 30 km of the provincial capital.
Villasur de Herreros was mentioned for the first time in 964 as Villa Assur de Herreros, referring to the Assur family that had founded the village and would subsequently leave it because of a quarrel with the first Count of Castile, Fernán González (d. 970). In 1204, the village was made a royal domain by King Alfonso VIII, who later granted it to the Chapter of the Cathedral of Burgos. "Herreros" (smiths) recall that the village's smiths, who used the very pure water of river Arlanzón, were famous for the perfection of their products; the best heather brooms in the region were also manufactured in the village. In the 19th century, a coal mine was exploited in Villasur de Herreros.
Source: Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 03 Dec 2010
Municipal flag: Square (proportions 1:1) and tricolor: a bend or from the first third of the upper part and of the right lateral part at the same position of the left lateral and lower part. The upper left blue and the lower part green. In the middle the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Vert a jug with three lilies all argent, 2a. Or an anvil charged with a hammer and ensigned with a pickaxe and a shovel all sable, 2b. Azure a three-arched bridge argent masoned sable ensigned with five stars or with six and eight points. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.
The first field recalls the arms of the cathedral of Burgos, of which Villasur depended for seven centuries; the second field recalls the preferred works of the villagers, smiths and miners; the last field represents the natural environment and history of Villasur: river Arlanzón with its bridge and references to Ansúrez (eight-pointed star) and Matarrasay, Santa Marina, Úzquiza and Villorobe.
A photo of the balcony of the town hall, available on the municipal website, seems to indicate that "right" and "left" have to be read "dexter" and "sinister", respectively.
Source: municipal website
Ivan Sache, 03 Dec 2010