( Listen? / I ) Oud- Beijerland is a municipality and a city in the Netherlands, South Holland province. It has a total area of about 19.5 km ². On 1 January 2013 Oud- Beijerland had 23 449 inhabitants.
Location and economic
Oud- Beijerland is officially a village, but acts like a small town. The place is located in the north of the polder Hoeksche Waard, southwest of Rotterdam. The community is accessible via the Rotterdam - Bergen op Zoom / Roosendaal highway. The nearest train station is 15 km away but in Rotterdam. From the Rotterdam Metro Station Zuidplein ( at the Ahoy hall ) Oud- Beijerland be reached in 15 minutes by half-hourly bus is traveling.
The location on the Oude Maas allowed a versatile industry along this river; especially small factories, workshops and commercial enterprises have settled here. The center of the old village, on and under a high embankment, is a major shopping center for the residents of the whole Hoeksche Waard.
Oud- Beijerland was founded in 1559, when the marshy area that was his property was einpoldern Lamoraal Earl of Egmont. The village was named after his wife Sabina, who under the name Sabina of Bavaria ( Dutch: Beieren ) in Holland is known. After Count Egmont's beheading in Brussels in 1567, Sabina took over the administration of the area.
Built in 1622 the Town Hall was used until 1977 as such and since then has been a historical monument.
In the 19th century it came through the establishment of a sugar and a cigar factory to a new economic boom. At the present time, the nearby port of Rotterdam determines the business affairs of the community.
A walk through the town center is worth it: there is the old Town Hall (now home to the museum), a church from the 17th century as well as some picturesque houses of the same period.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Bas Leenman (* September 4, 1920, † April 6, 2006 in Arnhem ) was a Dutch Reformed pastor industry and social therapist
- Ria Visser ( born July 20, 1961) is a former speed skater who won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid 1980