World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Steenbergen

Article Id: WHEBN0000118751
Reproduction Date:

Title: Steenbergen  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Dinteloord, Halderberge, Moerdijk, Bergen op Zoom, 's-Hertogenbosch
Collection: Municipalities of North Brabant, Populated Places in North Brabant, Steenbergen
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Steenbergen

Steenbergen
Municipality
Aerial view of Steenbergen
Aerial view of Steenbergen
Flag of Steenbergen
Flag
Coat of arms of Steenbergen
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Steenbergen in a municipal map of North Brabant
Location in North Brabant
Coordinates:
Country Netherlands
Province North Brabant
Government[1]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Joseph Vos (CDA)
Area[2]
 • Total 159.14 km2 (61.44 sq mi)
 • Land 146.66 km2 (56.63 sq mi)
 • Water 12.48 km2 (4.82 sq mi)
Elevation[3] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[4]
 • Total 23,717
 • Density 162/km2 (420/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Steenbergenaar
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 4650–4655, 4670–4671, 4680–4681, 4756
Area code 0167
Website .nlgemeente-steenbergen

Steenbergen (Dutch pronunciation: ) is a municipality and a town in the province of North Brabant in the south of the Netherlands. The municipality had a population of 23,717 in 2014 and covers an area of 159.14 km2 (61.44 sq mi) of which 12.48 km2 (4.82 sq mi) is water. The municipality is mainly agricultural including a strongly growing greenhouse sector, but Steenbergen and the nearby town of Dinteloord also contain some light industry. A new stretch of A4 motorway under construction is expected to further increase the municipality's attractiveness, allowing easy connections with the large cities of Rotterdam to the north and the Belgian city of Antwerp to the south. The connection with the nearby city of Bergen op Zoom will also be improved as a result.

Contents

  • Population centres 1
  • The city of Steenbergen 2
  • Graves of Guy Gibson and Jim Warwick 3
  • Gallery 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Population centres

Dutch Topographic map of Steenbergen, June 2015

It also includes the hamlet of t'Haantje.

The city of Steenbergen

Steenbergen received city rights in 1272.

Graves of Guy Gibson and Jim Warwick

Graves of RAF Wing Commanders Guy Gibson and Jim Warwick

Guy Gibson, Wing Commander and the first CO of the RAF's 617 Squadron which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid in 1943, crashed with his Mosquito aircraft in this municipality. Having returned to operational duties in 1944 after pestering Bomber Command, 26-year-old Gibson was killed along with his navigator, Sqn Ldr Jim Warwick, on a bombing raid on Rheydt (nowadays a borough of Mönchengladbach) operating as a Pathfinder Master Bomber based at RAF Coningsby, when his de Havilland Mosquito XX, KB267, crashed near Steenbergen on 19 September 1944. It was assumed for years that he had been shot down, but following the discovery of the wreckage it was found that a fault with the fuel tank selector possibly meant the aircraft simply ran out of fuel.[5] An eye-witness account detailed how his aircraft circled Steenbergen and heard its engines 'splutter and stop'.[6] In 2011 it was revealed the Mosquito may also have been shot down in a friendly fire incident.[7] The graves are in the RC cemetery of Steenbergen. Streets have been named for both Gibson and Warwick, and one of the aircraft's propellers is located in the city park as a memorial.

Gallery

References

  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ Bomber Barons, Chaz Bowyer (1983) page 165
  7. ^ After The Battle no. 155 (2012), page 47,

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.