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Coordinates: 52°44′N 5°10′E / 52.73, 5.17Coordinates: 52°44′N 5°10′E / 52.73, 5.17
Country Netherlands
Province North Holland
Municipality Medemblik
 • Total 31.08 km2 (12.00 sq mi)
 • Land 23.46 km2 (9.06 sq mi)
 • Water 7.62 km2 (2.94 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2007)
 • Total 8,545
 • Density 364/km2 (940/sq mi)
  Source: CBS, Statline.
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Ltspkr.pngWervershoof (West Frisian: Werfershouf) is a former municipality and a town in the north-western Netherlands, in the province of North Holland and the region of West-Frisia. Since 1 January 2011 it has been part of the municipality of Medemblik.

About the origin of its name Wervershoof are a number of versions. For many, the naming to the homestead of the most popular preacher Werenfridus. Werenfridus was follower of Willibrord and came to the area in 690 to the word of Willibrord and his gospel. He then lived in a farm in later Wervershoof. The place is in exile in 1288 Werfaertshof mentioned on a map. But the story of Werenfridus still has many followers. Also, both as a parish church dedicated to St. Werenfridus. The church that once stood was dedicated to him. The population fluctuated between 250 and 400. The number grew in 1817 after it became an independent municipality. In 1868 there were nearly 800 inhabitants. The municipality was then enlarged with High and Low Zwaagdijk and then had about 1600 inhabitants. The village remained a time approximately equal in population. In the early 20th century the population grew stronger but the real growth came after World War II. The village grew into a 40-year period from 2000 to just over 5000 inhabitants. The other places in the municipality grew less rapidly than the village Wervershoof. The church was beside the village Wervershoof Wervershoof from the villages and Onderdijk Zwaagdijk East (Zwaagdijk). The roads that ran through the town, the N240 and N302. On 1 January 2010, the town 8794 inhabitants (source: CBS) and had an area of 30.85 km ² (of which 6.72 km ² water). On 1 January 2011 the congregation merged with the municipalities and Andijk Medemblik. Together they form the new municipality Medemblik. The last mayor of the municipality was Wervershoof Floris Vletter.

Local government[]

The last municipal council of Wervershoof consisted of 13 seats, which were divided as follows:

  • Algemene Belangen Combinatie (ABC) - 3 seats
  • Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) - 2 seats
  • Progressief Wervershoof (PW) - 2 seats
  • People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) - 2 seats
  • Zwaagdijker Dorpsbelang - 2 seats
  • Labour Party (PvdA) - 2 seats

Notable people born in Wervershoof[]

  • Jacobus Grent (1889-1983), bishop, to whom it is named after Bishop Grent Plantsoen
  • Jan Buis (1866-1935), priest and missionary in China
  • Jan de Boer (1893-1956), mayor and polder
  • Hans Caro (1928-1972), rower
  • Theo Koomen (1929-1984), sportscaster, after whom the avenue is named Theo Koomen
  • Hetsen Jacques (194 -2007), builder and manager of BZN
  • Leo Kenter (1958), musician and writer
  • Yvonne Spigt (1988) skater, Dutch champion marathon skating on natural ice 2008 and 2012

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