Sohren Mayor's Office

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The “old office” in Büchenbeuren, the former administrative seat of the Mayor's office in Sohren

The mayor Sohren was one of first four and later five Prussian mayors , in which the formed 1816 circular cell in Koblenz divided administratively. From 1822 on, the region belonged to the Rhine Province that was newly formed that year . 18 rural communities were under the administration of the mayor's office . The administrative seat was first in Sohren , from 1852 in Büchenbeuren in what is now the Rhein-Hunsrück district in Rhineland-Palatinate .

In 1927 the mayor's office in Sohren was renamed to Sohren and in 1939 to Büchenbeuren . This went on in 1968 in the Büchenbeuren community and in 1970 in the Kirchberg (Hunsrück) community .

Municipalities and associated residential areas

The following communities and residential areas belonged to the Mayor's office (population as of 1885):


The communities in the mayor's district of Sohren belonged to four different territories at the end of the 18th century , the majority of which was in the Vordere Grafschaft Sponheim . In 1794 French revolutionary troops occupied the left bank of the Rhine . Under French administration, the area belonged to the arrondissement Simmern ( cantons Kirchberg and Trarbach ) from 1798 to 1814 , which was assigned to the Rhine-Moselle department . Rödelhausen belonged to the arrondissement of Koblenz ( canton of Zell ). After the Peace of Paris (1814), the region was initially subordinated to the Joint State Administration Commission based in Kreuznach , which was under the administration of Austria and Bavaria .

Sohren Mayor's Office

Seal of the Sohren Mayor's Office

Due to the resolutions at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, the Rhine-Moselle department was assigned to the Kingdom of Prussia . Under the Prussian administration, administrative districts and districts were newly formed in 1816 . The mayor's office in Sohren was assigned to the Zell district and the Koblenz district (then "Coblenz district") in the Grand Duchy of Lower Rhine Province (1822 Rhine Province ). The Mayor's Office Sohren essentially comprised the two previous Mairies Sohren and Trarbach.

The communities Altlay, Bärenbach, Belg, Büchenbeuren, Lautzenhausen, Laufersweiler, Niedersohren, Niederweiler, Sohren and Wahlenau belonged to the Mairie Sohren; Laufersweiler was spun off and came to the Kirchberg mayor's office in the Simmern district . Beuren, Hahn, Hirschfeld, Irmenach (with Thalkleinich), Lötzbeuren, Raversbeuren, Starkenburg, Traben and Trarbach belonged to Mairie Trarbach; the city of Trarbach and the communities Starkenburg and Traben and were assigned to the Trarbach mayor in the Zell district. In addition, the municipality of Würrich was assigned to the Mayor's office of Sohren by the Mairie Nieder Kostenz and the municipality of Rödelhausen by the Mairie Blankenrath in the canton of Zell .

The administrative seat was initially in the eponymous municipality of Sohren. In 1852 the mayor's office was relocated from Sohren to Büchenbeuren, the name "Mayor's office Sohren" was retained.

Sohren Office, Büchenbeuren Office

Like all mayor's offices in the Rhine Province , the Sohren mayor's office was renamed “ Amt Sohren” in 1927, and in 1939 it was renamed “Amt Büchenbeuren”. With regard to the associated municipalities, there were no changes until 1968, compared to 1816.

Verbandsgemeinde Büchenbeuren

In the course of the first Rhineland-Palatinate administrative reform in 1968, all offices in the administrative districts of Koblenz and Trier were converted into association communities . The Büchenbeuren community was temporarily formed from the Büchenbeuren office. The local communities Altlay, Bärenbach, Belg, Beuren, Büchenbeuren, Hahn, Hirschfeld, Irmenach, Lautzenhausen, Lötzbeuren, Niedersohren, Niederweiler, Raversbeuren, Rödelhausen, Sohren, Thalkleinich, Wahlenau and Würrich belonged to the association. The municipality of Thalkleinich was incorporated into Kleinich in 1969 in the form of a new formation and changed to the Verbandsgemeinde Bernkastel (now the Verbandsgemeinde Bernkastel-Kues ) in the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich .

In 1970 the community of Büchenbeuren was dissolved on the basis of the “Eighth State Law on Administrative Simplification in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate”. The associated communities, as well as the communities of the community of Gemünden , were essentially assigned to the community of Kirchberg in the newly formed district of Simmern . The municipalities of Kirchberg and Gemünden filed a constitutional complaint against this decision and against this law at the Rhineland-Palatinate Constitutional Court in Koblenz , which was rejected in 1971.

The local communities of Beuren , Irmenach and Lötzbeuren moved in 1970 to the Traben-Trarbach community in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district , and the Altlay community to the Zell (Mosel) community in the Cochem-Zell district .

Previous affiliations

The following table provides an overview of the previous affiliations of the municipalities of the Sohren mayor:

local community Territory before 1792 Canton , Mairie before 1815 Church affiliation
Altlay County of Sponheim , Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg , Sohren Würrich ( ref. ), Altlay ( Catholic )
Bärenbach County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Belg County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Würrich (ref.)
Beuren County of Sponheim , Oberamt Trarbach Trarbach , Trarbach Kleinich, ( Lutheran )
Büchenbeuren County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Rooster County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Trarbach, Trarbach Büchenbeuren (ref.), Altlay (Catholic)
Hirschfeld Reign of Hirschfeld Trarbach, Trarbach Kleinich (Lutheran), Hirschfeld (Catholic)
Irmenach County of Sponheim, Oberamt Trarbach Trarbach, Trarbach Irmenach (Lutheran)
Lautzenhausen County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Lötzbeuren County of Sponheim, Oberamt Trarbach Trarbach, Trarbach Lötzbeuren (Lutheran), Lötzbeuren (Catholic)
Low ears County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Dill (Lutheran), Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Niederweiler County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Raversbeuren Principality of Simmern , Oberamt Simmern Trarbach, Trarbach Raversbeuren (Lutheran)
Rödelhausen County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Zell , Blankenrath Peterswald (Catholic)
Sohren County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Thalkleinich County of Sponheim, Oberamt Trarbach Trarbach, Trarbach Kleinich (Lutheran)
Wahlenau County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Sohren Kleinich (Lutheran), Büchenbeuren (ref.), Sohren (Catholic)
Würrich County of Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg Kirchberg, Lower Kostenz Würrich (ref.), Kappel (Catholic)
  1. a b c d Vordere Grafschaft Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg, Pflege Belg
  2. a b c d e f g Vordere Grafschaft Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg, Sohren care
  3. a b c d rear county of Sponheim, Oberamt Trarbach, mayor's office Irmenach
  4. ^ Reign of Hirschfeld, belonged to Count Cratz von Scharfenstein
  5. ^ Front county Sponheim, Oberamt Kirchberg, Unteramt Dill
  6. ^ Principality of Pfalz-Simmern, Oberamt Simmern, Schultheisserei Nickweiler


According to a "Topographical-Statistical Description of the Royal Prussian Rhine Provinces" from 1830, the Mayorry of Sohren included 17 villages, a single farm and nine mills. In 1817 a total of 5,059 inhabitants were counted; In 1828 there were 5,203 inhabitants, including 2,577 men and 2,626 women; 3,740 of the inhabitants belonged to the Protestant and 1,431 to the Catholic faith, 32 were Jews. There were Catholic parish churches in Altlay, Büchenbeuren and Sohren, and Protestant churches in Irmrnach, Lötzbeuren, Raversbeuren and Würrich. The synagogue community of Soren was founded in 1864. In 1843 there were Protestant schools in Büchenbeuren, Hirschfeld, Irmenach, Lötzbeuren, Raversbeuren, Sohren and Würrich, while there were Catholic schools in Altlay, Hirschfeld, Rödelhausen and Sohren.

Further details are taken from the "Community encyclopedia for the Kingdom of Prussia" from 1888, which is based on the results of the census of December 1, 1885. A total of 6,083 inhabitants lived in 1,283 houses and 1,275 households in the administrative area of ​​the Sohren mayor's office; 3,010 of the residents were male and 3,073 female. With regard to religious affiliation, 4,424 of the inhabitants were Protestant and 1,593 Catholic, the 66 inhabitants of the Jewish faith all but one lived in Sohren.

In 1885 the total area of ​​the municipalities belonging to the mayor's office was 9,965 hectares , of which 3,747 hectares were arable land, 1,513 hectares of meadows and 3,841 hectares of forest.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b c d Heinrich Wilhelm Ludwig Pauli : The government district of Coblenz, directory of all the localities of the government district according to their division into communities, mayor's offices and districts , Coblenz: Pauli, 1817; P. 32 ( )
  2. a b c Topographical-statistical overview of the government district of Coblenz , Coblenz: Hölscher, 1843, p. 100 ( )
  3. a b Chronicle of Büchenbeuren ( Memento of the original from April 28, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. a b c d e Community encyclopedia for the Kingdom of Prussia , Volume XII Provinz Rheinland, Verlag des Königlich Statistischen Bureaus (publisher), 1888, p. 18 ff ( )
  5. a b c d Handbook for the residents of the Rhine-Moselle Department for the year 1808 , Coblenz: Prefecture-Buchdruckerey, 1808, p. 174 ff ( )
  6. FWA Schlickeysen: Repertory of laws and ordinances for the royal. Prussian Rhine provinces , Trier: Leistenschneider, 1830, p. 15 ( )
  7. a b Sabine Zinn-Thomas: Strangers on site: self-image and regional identity in integration processes. A study in the Hunsrück , Transcript-Verlag 2010; ISBN 3-8376-1395-X , p. 85 ( Google Books )
  8. Friedrich von Restorff : Topographical-Statistical Description of the Royal Prussian Rhine Province , Nicolai, Berlin and Stettin 1830, p. 629 ( Google Books )