Birkenbeul is a municipality in the district of Old Churches ( Westerwald) in Rhineland- Palatinate. It belongs to the municipality Hamm (Sieg).
The municipality is situated on the southern edge of the Sieg Valley above Hamm (Sieg) and splendor, located in the north; more neighboring municipalities are Ölsen in the West, Breitscheidt in the northwest and Heupelzen in the south.
To Birkenbeul include the districts scratch Hahn, Pfaff soaps and Weißenbrüchen.
The first written mention comes from a Birkenbeuls in 1381 by Johann Ruysgin, called by Birkenbeul concluded lease.
By the year 1806 Birkenbeul belonged to the county of Sayn- Hachenburg. Birkenbeul formed within the parish Hamm a "Send " above its own administrative district, which included the towns of scratch Hahn, Pfaff soaps and Weißenbrüchen. The county of Sayn- Hachenburg 1799 was fallen on the Erbweg to the princes of Nassau- Weilburg. 1806 came the two princes of Nassau in the Napoleonic Confederation of the Rhine, so that the region of 1806 belonged to the Duchy of Nassau. Because of the Congress of Vienna (1815 ) agreements, the region was ceded to the Kingdom of Prussia.
Under the Prussian administration Birkenbeul was assigned to the newly built district of Old churches of the mayor's Hamm, who belonged from 1822 to the Rhine province.
The development of the population of Birkenbeul, the values from 1871 to 1987 based on population censuses:
The local council in Birkenbeul consists of eight council members, who were elected at the municipal election held on 7 June 2009 by majority vote, and the honorary mayor as chairman.
Coat of arms
Meaning: The lines of the inserted wandered top symbolize the Archangel creek and the Birkenbach. The Golden Leopard on a red background stands for the county and the county of Sayn- Sayn Hachenburg to which Birkenbeul belonged. The silver plow on a green background symbolizes agriculture in Birkenbeul and by the green coloring at the same time the rich forests in the Westerwald. The four birch leaves in the contracted wandered silver top represent the four districts Birkenbeul scratch Hahn, Weißenbrüchen and Pfaff soaps that make up the local church Birkenbeul. In addition, the birch leaves refer to the place name Birkenbeul and on the existing forests in the local church.