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Chaam location flag
Coat of arms of the village of Chaam
coat of arms
province North Brabant North Brabant
local community Flag of the municipality of Alphen-Chaam Alphen-Chaam
 - land
 - water
29.93  km 2
29.79 km 2
0.14 km 2
Residents 4,165 (Jan 1, 2018)
Coordinates 51 ° 30 ′  N , 4 ° 52 ′  E Coordinates: 51 ° 30 ′  N , 4 ° 52 ′  E
Important traffic route N639
prefix 0161
Postcodes 4861
Location of Chaam in the municipality of Alphen-Chaam
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Chaam City Hall
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Chaam is a village in the municipality of Alphen-Chaam in the Dutch province of North Brabant . It is located about 13 km southeast of Breda .


The name Chaam is believed to be derived from the Celtic term Cambo , which means the bend in a river. Another possibility is the derivation of Camba , which means a place where barley was germinated for use in brewing beer.


The place of today's Chaam was already settled by the Franks around the year 400 . At that time there was a painting stone and a meeting place here. The area later belonged to the Abbeys of Thorn and Achternach for a while, but in 1198 Godfried van Schoten, ruler of Breda, is mentioned as the owner of the land. He gave the area around Chaam as a gift to the Duke of Brabant, but received it back shortly afterwards together with some surrounding towns. This gave rise to the Barony of Breda, which, in addition to Chaam, included Hoeven , Oosterhout and Baarle-Nassau . At the beginning of the 14th century , urban structures with their own jurisdiction began to form here. From that time on, Chaam shared a common chair with the neighboring Alphen, which established the joint development of the two places.

In 1810, Chaam was given the status of its own municipality by the French rulers. It kept this until the establishment of today's municipality of Alphen-Chaam on January 1, 1997.


Former councilor

Until the municipality was dissolved, the following distribution of seats had been made since 1982:

Political party Seats
1982 1986 1990 1994
Chaam community concerns - - 3 5
CDA - - - 4th
Chaam's seedworking association 3 3 4th 2
Plattelands concerns 3 4th 3 -
Chaam's concern 3 2 1 -
Lijst Van Engelen 2 2 - -
Lijst Satijn 0 - - -
total 11 11 11 11


The traditional cycling criterion Eight van Chaam has been held in town since 1933 . This takes place on the first Wednesday after the Tour de France has ended .

The tennis club TV Chaam and the soccer club VV Chaam are located in the village.


In Chaam are a total of nine as Rijksmonument designated attractions, including the from the 16th century originated, Gothic Ledevaertkerk . Another attraction is the town hall, built in 1941 and designed by the architect CP Schellekens.

Web links

Commons : Chaam  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2018 Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek , accessed on December 9, 2018 (Dutch)
  2. History in Chaam. In: Retrieved July 13, 2018 (Dutch).
  3. Chaam - Naamsverklaring. In: Retrieved July 13, 2018 (Dutch).
  4. Chaam - Geschiedenis. In: Retrieved July 13, 2018 (Dutch).
  5. ^ Geschiedenis Alphen-Chaam-Galder-Strijbeek. In: Archived from the original on September 20, 2016 ; accessed on October 31, 2019 (Dutch).
  6. Results of the local elections , accessed December 9, 2018 (Dutch)
  7. Wielerkoers Eight van Chaam binnenstebuiten gekeerd. In: Retrieved July 13, 2018 (Dutch).
  8. All rijksmonumenten in Chaam. In: Retrieved July 13, 2018 (Dutch).