Bielefeld

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BIELEFELD

State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
Urban District (Stadtkreis) : Bielefeld
Additions : 1930 Schildesche Dorf, Sieker, Stieghorst; 1973 Amt Brackwede, Amt Dornberg, Amt Gadderbaum, Amt Heepen, Amt Jöllenbeck (1930 Amt Schildesche), Altenhagen, Babenhausen, Brackwede (1970 Quelle), Brake, Brönninghausen, Gadderbaum, Großdornberg, Heepen, Hillegossen, Hoberge-Uerentrup, Jöllenbeck (1952 Niederjöllenbeck, Oberjöllenbeck), Kirchdornberg, Lämershagen-Gräfinghagen, Milse, Niederdornberg-Deppendorf, Oldentrup, Schröttinghausen, Senne I, Sennestadt (1965 Senne II), Theesen, Ubbedissen, Vilsendorf

Wappen von Bielefeld

Official blazon

(de) Im goldenen Feld unter einem roten zinnenbewehrten und mit zwei Mauertürmchen bestandenen offenen Mauerbogen einen silbernen Schild mit drei roten Sparren

Origin/meaning

Bielefeld probably got city rights in the early 13th century.

The oldest seals of the city date from 1231 and 1263. These already showed a gate, which has been also used as the arms ever since. The actual picture of the gate has changed often during the centuries. Sometimes the patron saint St. George is shown above the gate, sometimes the small shield is shown, sometimes not.

The small shield is derived from the arms of the Counts of Ravensberg, who owned the town until 1346.

St. George was the patron saint of Bielefeld-Neustadt, which was joined with Bielefeld in 1520.


Wappen von Bielefeld

Seal of Bielefeld
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eal of Neustadt with St. George
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Seal of Bielefeld from around 1900
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The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
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The arms in the Abdulla albums, 1920s
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The arms on a matchbox label
Arms (crest) of Bielefeld

The arms in the Abadie albums
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The arms as shown on the city hall (image by Klaus-Micahel Schneider, Hamburg)l


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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes. Images of old seals from 750 Jahre Bielefeld, unsere Stadt im Wandel der Zeit, 1964.