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Emsland Parishes

Kirchspiel Holte

  
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Holte - St Clemens Parish

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The map notes the location of villages that made up Holte parish in the 19th century.
For a current detailed map of this area search on any of those villages with  MapQuest or click on location with http://www.vukv.weser-ems.de/stadtplan/stadtplan.htm.

Kirchspiel (parish) Holte in the 19th century contained the following villages or small towns:

Ahmsen
Herssum
Holte
Laehden
Lastrup
Vinnen

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St Clemens Parish Church

 

In 947 Holte as Holuidde and Lastrup as Laasdorpe were referred to in documents. The parish in Holte was probably founded by the parish of Haseluenne or Herzlake but is not known from documents until 1276. The church of St Clemens was built in 1523 with alterations made in 1763 and 1859 and several times more during this past century. Parish records of baptisms, marriages and deaths exist from 1671 with gaps in the marriage records in 1702 and 1750-52 and in the death records from 1747 to 1752.

Several of the villages which belonged to Holte parish in the 19th century now have their own churches. In Laehden, which was mentioned in documents from the 1400s as Loeden and Loden, the church of Unbefleckte Empfaengnis Mariens was built in 1920-21 and the village was separated from the parish of Holte in 1959. In Ahmsen, known as Amestede in documents dating from 1360, the church of St Johannes vor der lateinischen Pforte was built 1945. Vinnen, referred to as Finnum in 11th century documents, was separated from Holte parish in 1921 but the village's church, St Antonius Einsiedler, is older, having been built in 1858.

Most information taken from Handbuch des Bistums Osnabrueck, compiled by Hermann Stieglitz and published by Bischoefliches Generalikariat Osnabrueck.

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