Already in Roman times a settlement was at the place where now Bladel is. Later this place grew and became the centre of the agricultural region. As somewhat larger village, Bladel now keeps that regional central function and has the townhall as administrative centre of the Brabant "Kempen" area, stretching along the Belgian border.more
In this village in Brabant there also was a monastry. Well, actually I believe that in English it is called a convent as it was one for females only. From here the nuns did many charititive work for Bladel and surroundings, while spreading the Roman Catholic believe and being strict to themselves in matters of earthly manners.more
The small reformed church in Bladel is a beautiful white little building and can easily be called a fox in the henhouse. Northern Brabant is Roman Catholic in heart and soul and despite many efforts to found Reformed (or any other Protestant) churches never ended with a successful growth. Until the present day, this Southern province is Catholic,...more
Europalaan 75-77, Bladel, 5531 BE, The Netherlands
Easiest way in getting to Bladel is by car, though busses run frequently from and to the village. For Dutch standards, Bladel is quite isolated, as larger towns are rather distant. Eindhoven is some thirty kilometres North-East and Tilburg somewaht closer to the North-West. In Belgium the closest town is Turnhout, also thirty kilometres far.
Watch around in the outskirts of Bladel and you will find large low buildings between the new houseblocks. These farmhouses, with often wonderful straw roofs, are silent prooves that Bladel is the centre in a agricultural area. farming was and is still very important. It also is rather difficult as the soil (sandy) here is not that furtile as in -...more
Many will see the stones on the marketsquare and wonder what meaning they have. There are legends about them, varying from the witch-stories that always have been told in these surroundings to the idea that giants threw these blocks to the poor citizens of Bladel.Close-by there is another stone-circle (Reusel) and maybe this has a connection with...more
Okay, this statement is a little bit overdone, but Bladel is in touristic aspect not really the centre of the world, let even the centre of The Netherlands or even Northern Brabant. Still, as being the birthplace of my ancestors, I want to mention it here on VT and (later) add some personal travellogues with family-information. For those who are interested ... have a nice time on my Bladel-page and ... thank you!
Already very early the people of Bladella Villa got freedom-rights. In the dark centuries of the Middle Ages, farmers as well as craftsmen, were often "property" of a landlord. In Bladel the people got much more freedom when Karel de eenvoudige (Charles the simple) granted them by manuscript certain rights through "Dirk 1" that was the Count of Holland and also ruled over large parts of the "Kempen". A small statue reminds of that important transaction that was done in the year 922 AD.
Fondest memory: Only the fact that my father was born and raised here, as well as many of my fore fathers, makes Bladel a very special place for me.