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Uplengen municipality
Coordinates: 53 ° 18 ′ 4 ″  N , 7 ° 48 ′ 24 ″  E
Height : 8 m above sea level NN
Area : 8.82 km²
Residents : 426  (Dec 2007)
Population density : 48 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st January 1973

Großsander has been part of the municipality of Uplengen , district of Leer , East Friesland , Lower Saxony , since 1972 . Großsander covers an area of ​​882 hectares (8.82 square kilometers) and has about 426 inhabitants (as of December 2007). Gertrud Duis ( CDU ) is the head of the village .



The meaning and origin of the place name are not clearly clarified. Sander is a word with probably Northern European origin and names fan-shaped sand and gravel areas that were deposited by the meltwater in the run-up to the glaciers and inland ice. It is very likely that the name Sander can be traced back to the fact that bog and morass prevailed between the Oldenburg and East Frisian Lands and that a tongue of sand protruded into the moor in Großsander , which made it easier for stagecoaches to cross the moor in the past centuries.


The first historical evidence goes back to the 14th century, when there was still a castle in Großsander . After the victory of the Bund der Freiheit (1430), this castle was fortified more intensively by Edzard Cirksena as a border post to the Oldenburger Land. The castle was taken in the Saxon feud in 1514 by the Count of Oldenburg and Hero Omken , and one year later it was recaptured by Count Edzard the Great . After the marriage of Count Enno II with Anna von Oldenburg , the disputes between Oldenburg and East Frisia came to an end. The castle was razed in 1535. The remainder of the castle wall is a listed building .

On January 1, 1973, Großsander was incorporated into the new municipality of Uplengen.

Economy, infrastructure and tourism

Today Großsander is dominated by agricultural businesses and thanks to a bathing lake ( Badesee Großsander ) that was created as part of the motorway construction , the place serves as a local recreation area for the Uplengen and Ammerlanders , but also for arriving tourists. Holiday apartments are increasingly being made available in Großsander.

Großsander's landmark is the rebuilt post office on the former main road from Oldenburg to Leer (formerly part of federal road 75 ).

Individual evidence

  1. Committees  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed December 17, 2012.@1@ 2Template: dead link /  
  2. ^ 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 GmbH, Stuttgart and Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 262 and 263 .