Teylingen – Voorhout, Sassenheim & Warmond

Molen Hoop doet Leven - Voorhout

Teylingen: Voorhout, Sassenheim & WarmondGemeente Teylingen

On January 1st, 2006, the former municipalities of Voorhout, Sassenheim and Warmond went up into the Municipality of Teylingen. The name Teylingen is derived from Slot Teylingen, the ruin in the neighborhood of Teijlingen, near Sassenheim. Despite the merger, the three villages have clearly retained their own identity.

Voorhout is a village with about 15,000 inhabitants. In 1988, the village celebrated its 1000th anniversary. The former name of Voorhout is Foranholte, the second part of the name -holte (hout, in English: wood) is a reference to the dune area that has been very woody in the past. In the past, most inhabitants earned their money with flower bulb cultivation. Nowadays, this is only a small percentage of the inhabitants. Most people with a job now work outside the village limits. Voorhout is the birthplace of physician, botanist, physicist, chemist, philosopher, headmaster and professor Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738). At the heart of the village his childhood home is still standing, the Boerhaavehuis. Countess of Holland and Henegouwen, Jacoba of Bavaria (1401-1436) lived in the Castle Teylingen for several years. Also keeper Edwin van der Sar was born in Voorhout.

Sassenheim approximately has the same amount of inhabitants as Voorhout. The coastal strip where Sassenheim is located is one of the oldest inhabited parts of Holland. In the early Middle Ages, the population mainly consisted of Angles and Saxons, Germanic people who settled in the region. This may explain the name Sassenheim: home or residence of Saxons. Sassenheim has also flourished by the flower bulb cultivation, but as in Voorhout, only a few people in Sassenheim still work in the bulb industry. In the 17th and 18th century rich merchants built large mansions in Sassenheim. Along the main street of Sassenheim there are still some beautiful villas from that time. They also set up beautiful outdoor places like Huis ter Leede and the Oude Koningshuys. Sassenheim has evolved into an industrial and commuting municipality.

Warmond is a prosperous village with about 5,000 inhabitants located on an old beach at Kagerplassen. The beach wall runs parallel to the Leede which is connected to the Old Rhine through several channels. Along the Leede are the Herenstraat and the Dorpsstraat, which in turn are connected to each other by many small alleyways, also known as 'dammen' (In English: dams). The Polderland located on the east side of the Kagerplassen is only accessible via the water or via the territory of other neighboring municipalities. Warmond had six castles in the Middle Ages. Only the Huys te Warmont with the surrounding estate forest has been preserved. There are a number of old farms and special houses in the village. Around the Kagerplassen are several ancient mills. Before the bulb cultivation emerged in Warmond, the agricultural sector was the main source of income. Still a source of income and uncontestably popular in Warmond are the water sports. The Kagerplassen are of course very suitable for this purpose. Biologist and writer Maarten 't Hart lives in Warmond and painter Jan Steen (1626-1679) lived in Warmond.

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