Kettenhausen ( dialect: Kerressen ) is a municipality in the district of Old Churches ( Westerwald) in Rhineland- Palatinate. It belongs to the municipality Old churches.

  • 3.1 municipal
  • 3.2 Coat of Arms
  • 4.1 Agriculture


Geographical location

Kettenhausen is about two kilometers north of the Old churches with which it performs the national road 267, which of old churches to Au (Sieg) and on to Waldbroel is connected.

The local church Kettenhausen with around 75 houses and 270 inhabitants ( as of 2010) is located on the southern slope of the Beulskopfes, about 3 miles from this. Kettenhausen is a closed settlement, only a residential building in the area of ​​the former pit Hoffnungsthal is 1 km south of the local situation. The municipality borders the local churches Helmenzen, Wölmersen, Heupelzen and Busenhausen and to the district Dieperzen ( Honneroth district ) of the city of old churches.

The village is located about 265 m above sea level. NN. The deepest point in the municipality is located in Driesch Eider river valley in the area of the former pit Hoffnungsthal at 230 m. A height of 300 m above sea level. NN is achieved on the wooded ridge west of the village. Only a few meters lower (about 290 m) is the provincial road 267 at the district border to Heupelzen.


The landscape around old churches (Westerwald ) has " continental highland climate." The average air temperature is 8 ° C, the mean annual rainfall is 900 mm. The climate is much rougher than on the Rhine or Rhine -Main area, an average of about 3 ° colder.


The first written mention Stockhausen chain comes from the records of the monastery Marienstatt. On January 25, 1359 Vogt aldermen express to Old Churches ( Aldenkirgen ) Rorich of Kettenhausen ( Kedinhausen ) and Rokil of Ölsen ( Udilshausen ) with the mayor Lutz Vogt von Mehren a contract for an inheritance in Müschenbach.

In Old churches that time there was a court bailiff, which was responsible for the civil law matters, such as inheritance and complaints. It was the city court of old churches, which had since 1314 a city. Responsible it was in this case because the original owner of the heritage, Scholer and his brother Tepillere, lived in Old churches. It was chaired by the Vogt mayor, who spoke to the jurors Vogt Judgments or also testified, as in this case, the accuracy of an instrument. Was sealed the said certificate with the city seal of old churches. Rorich of Kettenhausen therefore had a more upscale position. The jurors are supposed to be chosen, but were also often appointed. The Office often remained for generations in the family.

Middle of the 18th century were the rights to the local woods by the then owner, Count of Sayn- ​​old churches, a local forest prospective shaft.

By 1881 lead and iron ore was fed into the pit Hoffnungsthal.

The development of the population of Kettenhausen, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 based on population censuses:


Parish council

The local council in Kettenhausen consists of six 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

The blazon is: "Under silberem main shield, in black chain, cleaved by a golden tip is swept, in black crossed hammers and mallets, the front of a golden red, and blaugezungt -weighted leopardierter Lion, back in green three golden ears ".

The Saynische lion stands for the membership of the former County of Sayn and the association of municipalities and the county of old churches, which also bear the lion in the crest; the ears in green field point to the great importance towards agriculture and forestry in the local church Kettenhausen have; the mine symbol hammer and mallet stands for the former " Bleierzgrube Hoffnungsthal " in the south of the district.


Kettenhausen is predominantly agricultural, additionally the company ASF Schmidt offers more vehicles jobs.


The district Kettenhausen has the size of 168 ha, of which 35 ha are forested ( as of 2010).

Approximately 2/3 of the municipal area is used for agriculture. In the southern part of the district agriculture is in the foreground, while in the rest of prevailing grazing. The field locations in the municipal area have a yield index number of 50, making them among the best soils in the field of community association. This good to very good soil quality and the resulting good conditions for agricultural production cause of the local church Kettenhausen in the Regional Spatial Plan Middle Rhine -Westerwald (ROP ) is assigned to the special function of agriculture.

A project implemented about 10 years ago, land readjustment procedures in the field situation, the use of agricultural land further improved.


  • List of cultural monuments in Kettenhausen