Nieuwpoort, South Holland

Nieuwpoort, South Holland
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Coat of arms
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of Nieuwpoort in the municipality of Liesveld.
Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°52′E / 51.933°N 4.867°E / 51.933; 4.867Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°52′E / 51.933°N 4.867°E / 51.933; 4.867
Country Netherlands
Province South Holland
Municipality Liesveld
Population (1 jan 2004)
 – Total 1,394
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 2965
Dialing code 0184

Nieuwpoort is a tiny city in the Netherlands in the municipality of Liesveld. It has the number of inhabitants to be called a village, but because the place was given city rights in 1283, it still is called a city.

In 2001, the town of Nieuwpoort had 619 inhabitants. The built-up area of the town was 0.092 km², and contained 230 residences.[1] The statistical area "Nieuwpoort", which also can include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 1370 (2006).[2]


The former town hall (1697)

In the 13th century, the current location of the fortress Nieuwpoort was created by Lord Van Liesveld and Lord Van Langerack. The two lords wanted a settlement and in 1270, they both gave some of their property to make this happen. In 1283, the fortress was given the privilege of a town.

After a turbulent genesis with lots of sieges and devastation, with the 17th century more peaceful times started. The city ramparts saved the city from floods in 1809[3] and 1820. Due to an economical crisis in the 1930s and World War II, the city decayed. In 1970, the Provinciale Staten of South Holland initiated a reconstruction and restoration of the fortress and the city. This work was finished in 1998.

Nieuwpoort was a separate municipality until 1986, when it became part of Liesveld.[4]

External links


  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2006, visited February 8, 2007.
  3. ^ Var-Matin, 14 juin 1809.
  4. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.

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