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municipality Cremlingen
Hemkenrode coat of arms
Coordinates: 52 ° 13 ′ 41 ″  N , 10 ° 42 ′ 22 ″  E
Height : 156  (132-256)  m
Residents : 376  (December 31, 2017)
Incorporation : March 1, 1974
Postal code : 38162
Area code : 05306
Location of Hemkenrode in Cremlingen

Hemkenrode is part of the municipality of Cremlingen (until 1974: Samtgemeinde Destedt ) in the Wolfenbüttel district in Lower Saxony . The place is on the western slope of the Elm .


Memorial stone for the 600th anniversary in 1948

The first documentary mention is found in 1239. The village is probably much older and is said to have originated around 800 on a forest clearing southwest of today's location. In a document from 1348, Duke Magnus von Braunschweig confirmed the donation of an annual interest of eight schillings to the court lord - the basis for the construction of the church in 1448. The villagers were obliged to serve the Lords of Veltheim zu Destedt, but Hemkenrode was never an estate .

The village is characterized by a lively club life ( shooting club , choir , volunteer fire brigade ). There has been an outdoor swimming pool since 1963 ; the only one in the municipality of Cremlingen.

On March 1, 1974, Hemkenrode was incorporated into the municipality of Cremlingen.

In 1999 it was the district winner in the competition " Our village should be more beautiful ".


The local council of Hemkenrode consists of five seats, three of which are occupied by the CDU , one by the SPD and one by Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen .

Local mayor is Anja Hantelmann (CDU) (as of 2019)

coat of arms

Hemkenrode's coat of arms has existed since 1967. In the left heraldic field it contains a beech leaf placed at an angle. This symbolizes the forest location on the Elm with its most common tree species, the beech . In the right field there is a silver Ammon's horn , one of the most common forms of fossilization in the Elm limestone. The cephalopod , which lived in the sea about 200 million years ago, is considered the earliest detectable species in the region.

Culture and sights

  • The Heartchor with the styles of pop and rock was founded in 1999 at a street festival and consists of 24 singers.
  • There are ten barrows above the village in the Elm , which probably date from the fourth to sixth centuries.
  • The church , originally built in the Romanesque style, was rebuilt and significantly expanded in 1448 in the early Gothic style. During the Thirty Years War the church was badly damaged and the church bell was stolen. A new bell was installed in 1717. In 1878 and 1962 the church was rebuilt again. In 1878 today's entrance, the large leaded windows and a large wooden gallery were installed. The pews that still exist today were also installed. In 1962 the gallery was restored to its present state and a new church organ was installed. The metal baptismal font installed in 1878 was replaced with the original baptismal font made from Elm limestone . The baptismal font was probably created by artists who came to the area to build the imperial cathedral in Königslutter .
In 1962, the artist Helmuth Uhrig created the east-facing lead-frame windows and the crucifix as well as the small lead-frame window in the baptismal font of the village church. In 1975 another church bell was cast, which was installed in Hemkenrode in 1978.

Economy and Infrastructure


The decommissioned and later demolished lime works (1978)

The old quarries in Steinkuhlenbusch are evidence that limestone was broken for a long time . Since 1904 the Braunschweigische Elmkalk- und Steinwerk processed the Elmkalkstein in the south of the village and was therefore a major employer. It was founded by the Royal Prussian Railway Inspector Mühlen. The production also served the manufacture of quicklime for building and manuring. In 1946 the plant was rebuilt by the lime specialist J. Schnuch. A new quarry in Destedter Forst was opened up, which had a cable car connection to the plant. In 1954 a cement factory was built. It was building lime with the brand "Elmkreuz" and portland cement produced with the brand "Elmkreis". In 1971 the plant was closed and at the end of the 1970s it was demolished except for a few residential buildings.

From 1907, the plant also had a rail connection to the BSE ( Braunschweig-Schöninger Railway ), which originated from Lucklum station .


Bundesstrasse 1 runs north of the village .


  • Axel Bosse , German musician, grew up in Hemkenrode.

Web links

Commons : Hemkenrode  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Cremlingen, population figures on December 31, 2017  ( 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.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.cremlingen-online.de  
  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. 267 .