Before we started to count the years (B.C. and Anno) there were already people living in Maasland. Archeologues have found foundations from buildings that belonged to farmers in the Iron-age.
A lot of pottery tells us that the Romains lived, worked and staid for a long and intensive time around Maasland.
The year 275 shows that the buildings and Romains leave to settle somewhere else.
Its takes more then 500 years before new people dare to live in Maasland. Probably from the North of Holland.
Holland was ruled by the Kings of France in that time.
Maasland was a kingdom in the old days. Later they gave it in rental to lords and sirs. Maasland was very wet and a kid of swampy.
They started to dry ground and build a farmyard on it. This was not as big as Maasland is now, but it went all the way to the river in Vlaardingen (which was called Sciplede in 1083 and now " De Vlaardingse Vaart".
King Otto the 3rd gace Count Dirk the 2nd Maasland as propperty in 985.
The count gave premission to build a church in Maasland.
In 1243 a man called Diederik van Coldenhove gave all his pesessions ( also a stone house!) to the Knighthood of the German Orde (this is my translation so maybe this is very wrong). This knighthood is one of the biggest spiritual knighthoods, raised in the crusades in 1911.
(still intaked and placed in Utrecht).
The surroundings near the "Herenlaan" are protected and placed as Archeological Monument, cause the head of the Knighthood took his staff and family to live in that stone house inherit from Diederik.
With no dykes and swampy grounds to live, it took years before the people came back to live in Maasland.
In about 1600 the live started to be normal again. Even a war was far away...
Houses in that time were from wood and had straw roofs. So major disasters were in the kind of big fires or contagious desees.
Animal illnesses and to much water meant for the farmers in that time a long time of poorness (years and years!)
The Spanish soldairs made a mess of Maasland during the 80year war. Also the people who are called "Geuzen" made a mess. When they took Den Briel in 1572 they started to run to the Westland and stole, robbed and demolished farms and churches. Like this church in Maasland.
Willem van Oranje (king of Holland) wanted peace and to get that he ordered to demolish the dykes in 1574. A lot of people, like the people from Maasland, run to other places where they were save.
Maasland kende in de middeleeuwen enkele versterkte huizen. Hiertoe behoorden o.a. het in de Dijkpolder gelegen ’’Huis te Velde’’ en het ’’Slot de Houve’’, waarop in de 14e eeuw de adellijke families Van de Velde en Van der Hoeve woonden. Verder bevond zich aan de Burgerdijkseweg het versterkte huis Boekesteijn waarvan men ter plaatse nog altijd een restant van de omgrachting terug vindt. In de loop der eeuwen verdwenen veel van zulke huizen of burchten. Tegenwoordig vinden we meestal op de oude plaats een boerderij terug. Elders o.a. langs de Burgerdijkseweg duiden ophogingen in het terrein erop, dat daar bewoning, heeft plaats gevonden. Ook zijn bij opgravingen in de Kralingerpolder en in de Duifpolder verschillende oude woonplaatsen uit de Romeinse tijd en de Middeleeuwen aangetoond.
In 1494 there was an interview under the people who lived in Maasland and it seems that Maasland was a big village.
Farmers (vegetables and kettle) were the most important way of living.
A part of the population earned their money with fishing or transportation (ships and cars)
After the big flood in 1953 in Zeeland we thought of something to keep our feet dry...a lot of people made an idear and this one won. You can see why its important, do games, have a sitt and enjoy the vieuw with a nice coffee and most of all learn something!
See my travelogues about this works and enjoy it as much as we did.