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Inner courtyard of the Drimbornshof
Back with defense tower
Main gate

The Drimbornshof is a former knight and aristocratic seat of the Lords of Drimborn, who were first mentioned in 1585 as the owner of the farm. It is located in the northern Eschweiler district of Dürwiß and, along with the Broicher Hof, is one of the town's landmarks.

The von Drimborn come from Aachen , but their origins are apparently in the village of Dreiborn (since 1972 part of Schleiden , Eifel). The Eiflia illustrata by Johann Friedrich Schannat shows the connection between Drimborn, Trimborn and Dreiborn as early as 1829.

Drim means three , Born well or spring .


In 1585 Wilhelm von Drimborn and in 1610 Alexander von Drimborn were included in the Jülich knight list. Around 1670 the family no longer had any male descendants, and the Drimbornshof came to Bernhard Everhard von Bottlenberg through marriage . In 1823 it was bought by Wilhelm Steffens, who bequeathed it to his son in 1867. Further owners: 1890 von Papen (family of the later Chancellor Franz von Papen ), later from Pastor, 1950 BIAG Zukunft .

Building history and use

The courtyard was built in the 14th or 15th century, added in 1719, destroyed in 1945, rebuilt from 1962 to 1963 by the then municipality of Dürwiß ( Jülich district ) as an administrative building. Today the Drimbornshof is the seat of a property management company, several medical practices, a pharmacy and the local history museum, and until 1999 also the local radio antenna AC . It is assumed that the knight's seat was the earliest settlement of Dürwiss in Franconian times.


The former manor consists of a square farm yard with the manor house as the central wing and the farm buildings as the side wings. The buildings are made of brick and the manor house is dated 1719. A square defense tower rises at the rear of the manor house. The open side of the courtyard faces Jülicher Strasse and is closed off by a wall with an archway. The keystone above the archway shows the coats of arms of the families Drimborn and Bawer (actually from Bawyr / Buer ) in a shield combined with the inscription DRIMBORN BAWER . The background for this alliance coat of arms was the marriage between Heinrich von Drimborn zu Dürwiss and Hellenberg von Bawyr , daughter of Adam von Bawyr zu Rommeljans and Dorothea von Eller from the Laubach family .

coat of arms

The coat of arms of those of Drimborn consists of three diagonally running roses in the escutcheon and above a helmet with a cap, at the top of which there is another rose. This coat of arms was used to create the coat of arms of Dürwiß, in which there are also three roses, but arranged differently.

The village of Dreiborn in the Eifel still bears this coat of arms today.

Greenskuhl and the legend of the Juffer vom Drimbornshof

The Greenskuhl was a pond in front of the Drimbornshof, surrounded by greenery. The name is probably derived from the many green plants that grew there; mostly roses. A legend from the 17th century tells of the spirit of the Juffer from Drimbornshof , which is said to live in the Greenskuhl:

“The young Agnes Bavur zu Drimborn was walking on the Greenskuhl one fine day when she suddenly slipped, fell into the water and threatened to drown. A young nail smith, who came back from Jülich after selling a load of nails there, happened to pass the Drimbornshof and observed the situation. He jumped into the water and saved the life of young Agnes. This resulted in a secret love between the two, which however did not escape a young officer from Jülich. This young officer, in turn, had his eye on young Agnes. One fine day there was a driven hunt between Dürwiss and Lohn , in which the young nail smith was a driver and the young officer was one of the hunters. It is said that the young nail smith was hit by a bullet from the young officer in an accident and died. It is also said that the young Agnes died a short time later - of a broken heart. "

If you stand in front of the Drimbornshof today, you can see a small fallow pond. In the 1970s this was still a pond with fish and underwater lighting. In the 1980s, a school project came up with the idea of ​​draining the pond and creating a wet biotope.

Web links

Commons : Drimbornshof  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Eiflia illustrata
  2. Dietmar Ahlemann: The Lords of Buer - A West German Family History from the High Middle Ages to the 19th Century. In: West German Society for Family Studies e. V. (Ed.): Yearbook 2012, Volume 274, Cologne 2012, pp. 213-300. See p. 243 ff.
  3. The corresponding poem can be found under: Th. W .: Der Spuk am Drimbornshof in Dürwiß - according to old traditions , in: Rur-Blumen, Blätter für Heimatgeschichte, entertainment and instruction (supplement to the Jülicher Kreisblatt), year 1927, no. 8th.
  4. ↑ Her real name was Agnes of Bawyr . She was a sister of Elisabeth and Hellenberg von Bawyr from the lineage of the Lords of Bawyr / Buer. The latter were both married to one of Drimborn's. Agnes died on November 22, 1674 unmarried and childless, but at an advanced age, because it appears in documents 1605–1674. It is true, however, that she was very ill at a young age and made her will in 1624 and chose the Drimborn hereditary burial as her burial site (source: Dietmar Ahlemann: Die Herren von Buer - A West German Family History from the High Middle Ages to the 19th Century. In : West German Society for Family Studies eV (Ed.): Yearbook 2012, Volume 274, Cologne 2012, pp. 213–300. See pp. 243 ff.)

Coordinates: 50 ° 50 ′ 27.5 ″  N , 6 ° 16 ′ 31 ″  E