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Winterswijk
—  Municipality  —
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Coordinates: 51°58′N 6°43′E / 51.967°N 6.717°E / 51.967; 6.717
Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Area (2006)
 - Total 138.80 km2 (53.6 sq mi)
 - Land 138.25 km2 (53.4 sq mi)
 - Water 0.56 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Population (1 January, 2007)
 - Total 29,231
 Density 211/km2 (546.5/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Ltspkr.pngWinterswijk is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands.

Winterswijk (Winterswiek, Wenters) is a town with a population of some 30,000 in the Achterhoek which lies in the most eastern part of the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. It was also known as Winethereswick, Winriswic or Wenterswic. Wic or the Anglo Saxon wich means the living place of a certain person. The person would likely have been called Wenether, Winitar or Winter.

Founded around 1000 AD it remained an isolated farming community until 1830 when the road from Borken to Zutphen via Winterswijk and Groenlo was built. Around 1840 many emigrated to America — Michigan in particular. After 1870 the town became a centre for textiles, such as spinning and weaving and indeed the Tricot fabriek employed a large proportion of the local population in its heyday. In 1878 the train line to Zutphen was built primarily for the textile industry, which was set up by Jan Willink. Some of the families such as the Willinks have lived there since 1284.

World War II Liberation

Winterswijk was accidentally liberated in 1944 by two lost British soldiers, one of whom was Bernard 'Peter' Lee. Lee and another soldier were driving a Jeep and became separated from their convoy. Taking the wrong road while trying to find the convoy, they ended up in Winterswijk. The soldiers were greeted by the majority of the town in celebration, waiving flags and throwing money at the two. Realizing that the Dutch thought they were being liberated, Lee and his companion fled thinking the German Army was still present in town. The German Army had retreated from the town a few days before. The story has been published in several local newspapers. Lee buried the majority of the money he received in a metal box in another Dutch town. He returned in 1978 to find a bus station had been built on the site.

People born in Winterswijk

External links

Coordinates: 51°58′N 6°43′E / 51.967°N 6.717°E / 51.967; 6.717


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Winterswijk
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Country Netherlands
Province Gelderland
Population  
 - City (1 January, 2007) 29231
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Image:Ltspkr.pngWinterswijk is a municipality and a town in the eastern Netherlands.

Winterswijk (Winterswiek, Wenters) is a town with a population of some 30,000 in the Achterhoek which lies in the most eastern part of the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. It was formally known as Winethereswick, Winriswic or Wenterswic. Wic or the Anglo Saxon wich means the living place of a certain person. The person would likely have been called Wenether, Winitar or Winter.

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History

Founded around 1000 AD, it remained an isolated farming community until 1830 when the road from Borken to Zutphen via Winterswijk and Groenlo was built. Around 1840 many emigrated to America — Michigan in particular.

Industrial development

After 1870 the town became a centre for textiles, such as spinning and weaving, and indeed the Tricot fabriek employed a large proportion of the local population in its heyday. In 1878 the train line to Zutphen was built primarily for the textile industry, which was set up by Jan Willink.

World War II Liberation

Winterswijk was accidentally liberated in 1944 by two lost British soldiers, one of whom was Bernard 'Peter' Lee. Lee and another soldier were driving a Jeep and became separated from their convoy. Taking the wrong road while trying to find the convoy, they ended up in Winterswijk. The soldiers were greeted by the majority of the town in celebration, waiving flags and throwing money at the two. Realizing that the Dutch thought they were being liberated, Lee and his companion fled thinking the German Army was still present in town. The German Army had retreated from the town a few days before. The story has been published in several local newspapers. Lee buried the majority of the money he received in a metal box in another Dutch town. He returned in 1978 to find a bus station had been built on the site.

Places within Winterswijk

Famous people born in Winterswijk

(Some of the families such as the Willinks have lived there since 1284.)

  • Willem van Otterloo (1907-1978), conductor, cellist, composer
  • Gerrit Komrij (1944), poet, writer
  • Martijn Meerdink (1976), football player
  • Jurgen Wevers (1979), football goalkeeper
  • Pieter Bas Kwak (1983), "cyberathlete"

External links

Coordinates: 51°58′N 6°43′E / 51.967, 6.717

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Winterswijk. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.
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