Cities in the Netherlands
North Sea Region
The Story of Noordwijkerhout
A municipality of 16,000 - including the village of De Zilk - it had 958 inhabitants in 1840, when there were 101 houses in the village (and two with a total of two inhabitants in the hamlet De Hooge Boekhorst). Parts of the village church date back to the 13th century. It was largely destroyed by Spanish troops in 1573, and partially rebuilt in 1620, except for the choir which remained in ruins for another 250 years before it was razed.
Famous sons: Jhr. Willem van Eysinga (1878) law professor; Willem N. van der Zalm (1934) Canadian politician.