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Emsland

Kirchspiel Lingen

  
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Lingen - St Bonifatius Parish

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

Lingen was probably the place referred to in a 10th century document as Liinga. The parish in this town dates from 1250 and St Walburga, the original parish church, stood where the present-day Protestant Reformed Church stands. By the mid 16th century St Walburga Church had been taken from the Catholics and given to the Protestants even though they were very few in number. This was done because Grafschaft Lingen was then under the rule of the Protestant House of Orange of Holland. During the Verbannungszeit, (the period of exile for Catholics lasting from 1674 until 1718) which followed, services were held in sheep stable in Hohendarme in Schepsdorf parish which belonged to the Bishop-Prince of Muenster. From 1786 to 1836, services were held again in Lingen but in a Notkirche, a modest half-timber building.

Kirchspiel (parish) Lingen in the 19th century included the following villages or small towns:
Altenlingen
Beversundern/Altenlingen
Biene
Bookhof
Brockhausen
Broegbern
Holthausen
Laxten
Lingen city
Lingen Stadtflur
Rottum
Wachendorf

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St. Bonifatius

The present-day parish church of St Boniface, co-patron saint with St Walburga, was built in Lingen in 1836-38 with additions and renovations made in 1904, 1910, 1954 and 1972/73. Parish records exist from 1616 with gaps in baptisms from 1681 to 1703 and in deaths in 1618, 1620/21, 1631, 1649-60 and 1662.

Of the villages which belonged to St Boniface parish in the 19th century, a few now have their own churches - Biene with Holthause (1953),  Laxten (1955) and Broegbern (1963.) Wachendorf became part of Dalum parish in 1955.

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

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