Local Heart, Global Soul

August 4, 2019

Zeeland: Walcheren Once An Island Was…

The next decorative clog from the 2017 Garderen exhibition is all about Walcheren.

Walcheren is a region and former island in the Dutch province of Zeeland at the mouth of the Scheldt estuary. The two sides facing the North Sea consist of dunes and the rest of its coastline is made up of dykes. Middelburg, the provincial capital, lies at Walcheren’s center. Vlissingen, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) to the south, is the main harbour and the third municipality is Veere.

Originally, Walcheren was an island, but polders and the Oosterscheldekering across the Eastern Scheldt have connected it to the (former) island of Zuid-Beveland, which in turn has been connected to the North Brabant mainland. As early as Roman times, the island functioned as a point of departure for ships going to Britain; it had a temple of the goddess Nehalennia who was popular with those who braved the waters of the North Sea. The Romans called it “Wallacra”, a term most likely associated with Walhaz, the name Germans used for Romans.

Wikipedia / Walcheren / Zeeland Province / The Netherlands

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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