History of Denekamp

Which people have lived in Twente and in particular in the Denekamp region can not be determined with certainty. Excavations on the Borghert and De Klokkenberg (now residential areas with these names) provided interesting details at the time. In the past, Romans used to be Romans in this part of Twente. However, it is not certain whether they lived here or traded exclusively. Around the 8th century, Denekamp is mentioned together with Noord-Deurningen as part of the so-called 'cherry' Ootmarsum.

Denekamp originated in a place where people were out of reach of the flood water of the Dinkel, which always runs along Denekamp. The Denekamp denomination was formed later by merging the Denekamp, ​​Noord-Deurningen and Beuningen neighborhoods (now the municipality of Losser). The name? Neighborhood? was introduced in the Middle Ages for settlements that already had a certain size and had a certain core. They were close, often closed communities. The lands in and around Denekamp were for the most part owned by the Bishop of Utrecht until 1527. Around the 15th century, Denekamp was a relatively small village with around 100 houses spread along a single village street in the vicinity of a church. This church was built in the 13th century from the so-called 'Bentheimer stone'. The tower was built somewhat later, around 1436. The people in the village were mostly farmers.

Because Twente was a difficult to reach area, outside influences did not reach the area. This resulted in many traditions and customs being maintained for centuries. Nowadays people cherish these old traditions and customs. In countless ways, history, culture and folklore in Denekamp's everyday life are recognizably anchored. For example, do you think of the dialect, the gables on the farms, the midwinter hornblowing during the Advent period and the? Noaber obligation ?. But the folkloristic event in Denekamp is concentrated under the heading of? Denekamper Easter use ?.

On Easter Sunday, a Easter job is taken on the Singraven estate. This is done under the direction of 'Judas and Iscarioth': two young Denekamp men. The Easter stake is then towed to the village with the help of thousands of spectators. The procession forms a long chain of people, holding each other by the hand, a sort of 'human rope'. In Denekamp arrived the procession to the Easter meadow. There the Easter task is set up at the enormous mountain 'Easter hatch'. The bidding can begin. The Easter stake is sold every year to the highest bidder among those present. This happens in genuine flat dialect. In the evening the Easter fire is lit. As early as Easter Saturday, the wood for the Easter fire is collected by hundreds of villagers and then piled up on the Easter meadow.