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City of Bad Laasphe
former coat of arms
Coordinates: 50 ° 56 ′ 30 ″  N , 8 ° 19 ′ 30 ″  E
Height : 391 m
Area : 7.66 km²
Residents : 2385  (Jan. 2007)
Population density : 311 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st January 1975
Postal code : 57334
Area code : 02754
City structure of the individual districts of Bad Laasphe
Aerial view of Feudingen
Aerial view of Feudingen

Feudingen is a district of Bad Laasphe in the Siegen-Wittgenstein district in North Rhine-Westphalia . Feudingen consists of the areas Feudingen and Feudingerhütte.


Geographical location

Feudingen is located in the upper Lahn valley, southeast of the main ridge of the Rothaargebirge , which is part of the Rhenish Slate Mountains , and borders the towns of Volkholz , Rückershausen , Bermershausen and Banfe, which also belong to the town of Bad Laasphe .


The Lahn flows through Feudingen from west to east . Between Feudingen and Feudingerhütte the Ilse flows into the Lahn. In addition, Kalterbach, Auerbach, Welsenbach and Feudinge flow into the Lahn in Feudingen. The headwaters of Sieg , Eder and Lahn are located near Feudingen .


Feudingen was first mentioned in a document in 1218 in a deed of donation from the nobleman and pleban Einolf (or Eginolf) of Feudingen to the Haina monastery . The donation is confirmed in this document by Archbishop Siegfried II of Mainz . The original of the certificate, written in Latin , is in the Hessian State Archives in Marburg . The first documentary evidence of the Feudinger mill , the oldest of all Wittgenstein mills, can also be found here.

The feuding noble family is mentioned for the last time in 1396 . Later, the Feuding peasants, as feudal men of various lords from Hainchen and Saßmannshausen , were liable to pay interest to several knights . At the end of the 14th century, the Wittgenstein Counts initially acquired the bailiwick rights and a short time later also the feudal lordship. In addition, the Church of St. Martin also acquired real estate in Feudingen from the middle of the 15th century. The church, built on a hill, was the center of the settlement for a long time.

By 1618 , 44 houses had been built north and east of the church. Because of the annual flooding, the Lahn valley below was avoided as a location for residential buildings.

The then sovereign, Ludwig II zu Sayn-Wittgenstein , stood with Wittgenstein as a reformed imperial estate in the Thirty Years' War on the side of the Protestant Union . The residents of Feudingen were spared the immediate war events, but they suffered from the war through the passage and billeting of troops, hunger and war taxes. Since Feudingen was "conveniently located" on one of the thoroughfares, the residents were repeatedly victims of looting troops.

In 1741 a large part of the village was destroyed by a devastating fire. In just two hours, 65 buildings burned down, including 33 residential buildings and the schoolhouse. Eyewitness reports archived in the Princely Archives of Bad Laasphe suggest that the fire was caused by a gust of a strong thunderstorm.

The construction of Sieg-Lahn-Strasse ( Landesstrasse L 719) in 1856, which formed a dam against the flood on the left side of the Lahn, led to the settlement of shops and workshops outside the old town center.

Panorama Feudingen

In 1885 Feudingen had 163 houses with 930 residents, Feudingerhütte had 20 houses with 132 residents. Seven other places, which are now partially merged with the main village, had a total of 14 houses with 68 residents.

In 1888 the construction of the railway line from Erndtebrück to Laasphe brought with it the settlement of smaller industrial companies.

After lengthy planning, a water pipe was built in Feudingen for the first time in 1901, as the wells that had existed up until then no longer met the hygienic requirements. Because of the improper execution of the work, an additional project had to be created as early as 1906. In 1911 Feudingerhütte received a water pipe.

Feudingen was largely spared from the events of the Second World War , but 108 Feudingen citizens died at the front . It was not until March 20, 1945 that American forces launched an air raid. The target of the attack was a train loaded with V weapons that had been discovered during a reconnaissance flight the day before. On March 31, 1945, the place was then occupied by US forces. There was hardly any resistance, so there were no civilian casualties from fighting.

Until the local reorganization , Feudingen was an independent municipality . On January 1, 1975 Feudingen became a district of (Bad) Laasphe.

Population development

  • 1885: 1130 inhabitants in 197 houses
  • 1961: 2474 inhabitants
  • 1970: 2526 inhabitants
  • 1974: 2523 inhabitants
  • 2007: 2385 inhabitants


coat of arms

old coat of arms of Feudingen

The coat of arms of the former municipality of Feudingen showed a looking deer head in mixed up tinctures in black and silver (white).

The coat of arms was already worn by the Feuding knights in the early 13th century. According to tradition, this is said to have been done in the colors green and white, but no color representation has survived from this time.

With the incorporation in 1975, the coat of arms lost its legal validity. Since then, the coat of arms of the city of Bad Laasphe shown above in the brief description has been in effect, the old coat of arms is only worn "unofficially" and is also part of various Feudingen club coats of arms.

Culture and sights

Protestant church

Evangelical Church Feudingen

The Protestant church in Feudingen is a late Romanesque three-nave hall church from the 13th century . It is the oldest surviving building in the village and was originally dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours .

In the front vaults there are ornaments that were dated around 1250, and old frescoes (around 1450) can be seen in the choir room . Also of interest is a plaque from 1714, which tells of a dispute over the years about the seats in the church.

In addition, the oldest church records in Westphalia are located in Feudingen : the records of the death register begin as early as 1523.

Catholic Church

The branch church was under the patronage of Michael, it was built from 1963 according to plans by the architect Heinrich Schäfer. The building stood on a rectangular floor plan and was covered with a gable roof, which covered a chapel and the sacristy on the mountain side under the roof that was drawn further down. The tower stood on the valley side, it had a transverse gable roof. The large round window on the gable side was striking. In the interior, a wooden ceiling encompassed the chancel and the nave. Ernst Suberg made the mosaic and the glass pictures. The Catholic church, built especially for Silesian war refugees, was finally torn down in 2007 for financial reasons due to a lack of sufficient parishioners.

Local museum

The Upper Lahn Valley Local History Museum is housed in the building of the old elementary school. Here you will mainly find exhibits that show the old handicrafts from the region around 1900. But also historical books, fossils and archaeological finds, artfully designed tin and copper coffins from the 17th century , etc. can be seen here.


With the so-called Tannenwald Stadium, Feudingen has a sports field with artificial turf.



Web links

Commons : Feudingen  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historical municipality directory for the Federal Republic of Germany. Name, border and key number changes in municipalities, counties and administrative districts from May 27, 1970 to December 31, 1982 . W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 337 f .
  2. Martin Bünermann, Heinz Köstering: The communities and districts after the municipal territorial reform in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1975, ISBN 3-555-30092-X , p. 140 f .
  3. ^ Heinrich Otten: Church building in the Archdiocese of Paderborn 1930 to 1975. Bonifatius Verlag, Paderborn 2009, ISBN 978-3-89710-403-7 , page 177
  4. history. SV 1921 Feudingen. sv-feudingen.de, accessed on November 11, 2015 .