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Alkemade (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

Last modified: 2011-06-03 by andrew weeks
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Alkemade municipality by Gerard van der Vaart, 4 Feb 2004
adopted 26 Jan 1976 See also:

Municipal flag

Alkemade has 14409 inhabitants on 3.088 ha. It consists of Roelofarendsveen (seat), De Kaag, Nieuwe Wetering, Oude Ade, Oude Wetering, and Rijpwetering, Main settlement is the conglomeration of Roelofarendsveen / Oude Wetering (11.000 inh.).
The flag was adopted 26 Jan 1976 by municipal resolution. It is a Banner of Arms.
Description: A white field with a height of 1.50 meters and width of 2.25 meters, with halfway to the hoist a black lion looking at the hoist, crowned by a yellow crown with three leaves, armed or.
Information from the municipal website.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2003

Last week I received confirmation of the municipality of Alkemade, that the flag of 1976 is still the official flag. The information on the municipal website is not completely correct. The municipality uses also an alternative logo-flag, sometimes next to, but also instead of the the official flag. I have corrected the flag-image basedc on a vector-drawing by Leen Limberg (of Shipmate) after a photo.
Gerard van der Vaart, 4 Feb 2004


Alkemade new logo-flag

[Alkemade new logo-flag] by Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2003

On 1 Jan 2002 a new flag was adopted with the municipal logo.
Information from the municipal website.
Jarig Bakker, 11 May 2003

I’m not gonna like this at all. Call it entering the 21st century if you like, but as far as I’m concerned it’s taking a giant leap into the dark ages. That’s not to say that Alkemade’s old flag was perfect. Judging by that image, it wasn’t all that hot. But it had its origin in something that made a statement. That logo doesn’t tell me anything at all, and putting it on a flag – especially an enormous white bedsheet – makes it an enormous nothing. No, the 21st century ain’t all it’s cracked up to be!
Mike Oettle, 12 May 2003


Alkemade Coat of Arms

Alkemade Coat of ArmsInternational Civic Arms : http://www.ngw.nl/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Alkemade

The arms are derived from the arms of the Van Alkemade family, which descended from the Lords of the Lek, who also used a black lion. When the Lords of the Lek became extinct in the 14th century, the Van Alkemade family also adopted the crown. Later, the lion was used by the Estate of Alkemade and the municipality. The colours of the arms are known since Medieval times and are first mentioned in the Gelre roll of arms.
Info from Ralf Hartemink's site.


De Kaag village flag

[De Kaag village flag] by Jarig Bakker, 1 May 2003

De Kaag is a village in Alkemade municipality in Zuidholland, and an important center of yachting on the "Kager Plassen", the Kager Lakes.
On this webpage is an image entitled "vlag", but according to Sierskma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62] it's only part of it. He writes: "Two equally wide vertical stripes of white and green, with on the white part a red an addossed Kaagschip. This flag was instituted in November 1950 by the Local Society for Tourist Traffic as Kaagse dorpsvlag (village flag), which was later sanctioned by the municipal council of Alkemade. The "Kaagschip" sailing on the white field (=water) has been derived from the old village arms. The green color symbolizes the polderland, which surounds the Kager Lakes.
Jarig Bakker, 1 May 2003