Meeuwen, Netherlands

Dutch Reformed church
Dutch Reformed church
Meeuwen is located in North Brabant
Location in the province of North Brabant in the Netherlands
Meeuwen is located in Netherlands
Meeuwen (Netherlands)
Coordinates: 51°43′39″N 5°0′37″E / 51.72750°N 5.01028°E / 51.72750; 5.01028Coordinates: 51°43′39″N 5°0′37″E / 51.72750°N 5.01028°E / 51.72750; 5.01028
ProvinceNorth Brabant
 • Total4.73 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Elevation0.9 m (3.0 ft)
 • Total715
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0416

Meeuwen is a village in the southern Netherlands. It is located in Altena, North Brabant, about 8 km northwest of Waalwijk.


The village was first mentioned in 850 as Medua, and means "hay land".[3] Meeuwen is a stretched village on the banks of the Bergse Maas. It was almost complete destroyed in the St. Elizabeth's flood of 1421, and later rebuilt.[4]

The Dutch Reformed was largely destroyed in 1944, and rebuilt in 1953. Huis te Meeuwen used to be a castle built before 1355. It was demolished in the 1840s and only the canal and foundations are still present. It was replaced an estate with tower which burnt down in 1936. The current building is farmhouse in Renaissance Revival style with a tower.[4]

The grist mill De Witte Molen was built in 1740. It was damaged during World War II, and was restored, however it started to fall into disuse and was mainly used for storage. In 1987, it was moved because it was surrounded by industry and in 1993, the wind mill was restored to working order. It is occasionally used to grinding.[5]

Meeuwen was home to 334 people in 1840. In November 1944, the village was evacuated and Meeuwen becomes the front-line between the German army and the Allies. One emergency house which was built after the war still exists, and has been moved next to the wind mill.[6] Meeuwen was a separate municipality until 1923, when it became part of Aalburg. Until 1908, the official name of the municipality was Meeuwen, Hill en Babyloniënbroek.[7] In 2019, it became part of Altena."[6]



  1. ^ a b c "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2021". Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Postcodetool for 4268GC". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Meeuwen - (geografische naam)". Etymologiebank (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b Chris Kolman & Ronald Stenvert (1997). Meeuwen (in Dutch). Zwolle: Waanders. ISBN 90 400 9945 6. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  5. ^ "De Witte Molen". Molen database. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Meeuwen". Plaatsengids (in Dutch). Retrieved 15 April 2022.
  7. ^ Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2011.