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Drogeham (The Netherlands)

Achtkarspelen municipality, Fryslân province

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Drogeham village

Drogeham / Droegeham has 1735 inhabitants. Its name means: dry spit of land; it used to enclosed by water. It had its own brand of cows: "Droegehamsters", not too fat, as depicted on the flag. Yellow color for sandy soil, green for woody enclosures and blue for water.
The point in the Coat of Arms symbolizes the meaning of the village-name. The golden color points at the sandy soil, while the blue fields refer to water. The bell is a reminder of the Buwe-monastery, which was founded in the 13th century near Drogeham, but is was demolished in the 16th century. The only remnant is a bell-cage. In the golden point is a green tree on a yellow field, referring to the "brink", of old the center of the village, where now is "Ikebuorren" - oak-neighbourhood. The items in the tree and next to it are attributes of St. Walburga, the patron saint of the village. She lived in the 8th century A.D. She can always be recognized by a staff, a bible, a flacon with miracle-water and a crown.
The yellow point and the blue color from the arms are also on the flag, In the yellow chevron is a green triangle, symbolzing the tree and the area known as the "Hamster Mieden" (outlying field).
Source: Wapens en vlaggen in de gemeente Achtkarspelen, Buitenpost, 1999.

Drogeham Coat of Arms

[Drogeham Coat of Arms] from the Achtkarspelen municipal website.