Reeuwijk ( pronunciation) is a former municipality in the western
Netherlands, in the province of South Holland. The former municipality
covers an area of 50.11 km² (of which 11.89 km² is water).
Since January 1, 2011
Reeuwijk merged with
The former municipality of
Reeuwijk includes the communities of
Driebruggen, Hogebrug, Langeweide, Middelburg, Oud-Reeuwijk, Oukoop,
Platteweg, Randenburg, Reeuwijk-Brug, Reeuwijk-Dorp, Sluipwijk,
Waarder and Westeinde.
Reeuwijk was established as a good location for peat harvesting. The
earliest known reference to the town is from 1248.
The area prospered in the 18th century when layers of peat were dug
up, dried, and used as fuel for industries in Gouda. Eventually these
peat quarries struck a fresh-water spring, forming the
Reeuwijk added neighboring municipalities: in
1855, Middelburg was added, in 1857, Oukoop, in 1870,
On January 1, 1989, when the municipality
Driebruggen (formed in 1964)
was dissolved, its communities
Driebruggen were added to
Reeuwijk in 1868.
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