Beveren

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BEVEREN (WAAS)

Province : Oost-Vlaanderen
Additions : 1977 Doel, Haasdonk, Kallo, Kieldrecht, Melsele, Verrebroek, Vrasene

Wapen van Beveren / Arms of Beveren

Official blazon

  • (1927) Gedwarsbalkt van acht stukken goud en lazuur, en een Sint Andries kruis van keel over aalles heen. Het schild geplaatst aan de voeten van een Heiligen Martinus te paard een stuk van zijnen manktel gevende aan een armen achter hem staande, het alles van goud op eenen grasheuuvel van sinopel.
  • (1980) Gedwarsbalkt van acht stukken van goud en van lazuur met een schuinkruis van keel over alles heen.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on November 4, 1927 and again on December 1, 1980.

The arms are those of the medieval Lords of Beveren-Waas. They ruled the area from the 12th century until the early 15th century. The arms appear for the first time on the seal of the family in 1215. They were also Counts of Diksmuide and in 14th century rolls of arms the arms are eithe ridentical for Diksmuide and Beveren, or Beveren is described with a silver shield and Diksmuide with a golden shield. From the 15th century onwards, both are shown with a golden field. In the later arms of the city of Diksmuide, the saltire was removed.

The arms appear on the seal of the Beveren council on the seals from 1607 and 1694. The shield is held by the local patron saint, St. Martin and a beggar. This whole composition was granted as arms in 1927.

After the merger in 1977 the amrs were granted without the supporterm which referred to the town of Beveren only. As all villages historically belonged to the Beveren territory (Land van Beveren), the arms of the Lords of Beveren-Waas could be used for the new municipality.

Beveren2.jpg

The arms from 1927
Wapen van/Blason de Beveren

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Wapen van/Blason de Beveren

The arms on a police badge (source)


Literature : Servais, 1955