Zeewolde

 

Zeewolde is one of the five municipalities of the Dutch province of Flevoland that was drained in the 20th century. The village of Zeewolde is located on the Wolderwijd, opposite Harderwijk. The hamlet of Harderhaven is located in the easternmost point of the municipality. These are just a few houses. This is the oldest part of Zeewolde. Neighboring municipalities of Zeewolde are Almere, Lelystad and Dronten. Harderwijk, Ermelo and Putten are on the other side of the Wolderwijd. On the other side of the Eemmeer are Baarn, Bunschoten / Spakenburg and Nijkerk.

In the early planning of the Flevopolder, Zeewolde would be located in Eastern Flevoland, halfway between Biddinghuizen and Lelystad. Although the name Zeewolde can be traced back to history, it is not clear where the name comes from. The name does contain 2 words: Sea and Wold (sea / blue / water / green / forests / nature). The colors come back together with the color yellow (grain) in the flag of Zeewolde.

 

Location

The municipality of Zeewolde is located in the southern part of the province of Flevoland. The village of Zeewolde is located on the Wolderwijd, opposite Harderwijk. The hamlet of Harderhaven, the oldest part of Zeewolde, is located at the most northeastern point of the municipality. Neighboring municipalities of Zeewolde are Almere, Lelystad and Dronten. Neighboring municipalities on the old land, on the other side of the Wolderwijd, are Harderwijk, Ermelo and Putten. The municipalities of Eemnes, Bunschoten and Nijkerk are located on the other side of the Eemmeer.

 

Naming

This residential area was in use much earlier, centuries before it was drained. People lived in the whole of Flevoland more than a thousand years ago, of whom objects have also been found. Some names of villages and cities are also from this time. Liudger (742-809) planned to found a monastery, and in 793 acquired an inheritance from Liudger, son of Hredger "in a forest called Seaeuuwald or Suifterbant, except for the fields cultivated there by my parents and own people." This was the first property of the Werden monastery, the construction of which was completed in 801. Ancient sources indicate that there was a village called Seaewald in the year 790. At that time, the Duke of Gelre gave privileges to the residents of the village, west of Harderwijk. Due to floods in the later Middle Ages, this village was swallowed up by the Zuiderzee. A modern interpretation distinguishes in the village name the two words sea and wool (sea / blue / water and green / forests / nature). The colors come back together with the color yellow (grain) in the flag of Zeewolde.

The original village of Seaewald was located in the area's peat bogs. Various sources show that witchcraft had a major influence in Seaewald society.

 

Modern History

The polder has existed since 1968, the year in which Southern Flevoland was reclaimed. Initially, the new village of Zeewolde was planned between Dronten and Lelystad. Later it was decided to build the village on the location it is now. At the end of the 1970s, the first farmers and entrepreneurs settled in the polder, and a multifunctional building was built: De Trekker. That part of Zeewolde has been renamed 'Bedrijventerrein Trekkersveld'.

In 1981 the first primary school, called 't Wold, started on the Dasselaarweg, between the reeds and opposite a forest, next to the town hall, the library and the police station. There was a way to the harbor. There was no question of a village yet. The first activities, such as spraying sand, did start.

The first buildings and houses in the village of Zeewolde started in 1983 and the first Zeewolde residents settled in 1984. Zeewolde originated from a part of Lelystad and the OL ZIJP. The municipality of Zeewolde was established by law on January 1, 1984.

The municipality of Zeewolde originally aimed to keep the village small and determined a certain number of inhabitants, whereby the municipality would stop housing. Although this number (5,000) has already increased considerably, Zeewolde has managed to retain a spacious layout and the village character. This is particularly reflected in the youngest district, the Polderwijk. This district is also spacious, with an eye for nature. An additional effect of the increased population is that several larger retail chains are located in Zeewolde. Yet Zeewolde is one of the least densely populated municipalities in the Netherlands.