Irresheim (Nörvenich)

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Nörvenich municipality
Coordinates: 50 ° 47 ′ 26 "  N , 6 ° 37 ′ 17"  E
Height : 128 m above sea level NHN
Area : 3.3 km²
Residents : 178  (May 31, 2020)
Population density : 54 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st January 1969
Postal code : 52388
Area code : 02426
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The village of Irresheim belongs to the municipality of Nörvenich in the Düren district in North Rhine-Westphalia .

Irresheim has an active village community. For example, in the 1970s, an old barrack was converted into a festival and youth hall by the residents themselves. It is available to the villagers at public and private events. The hall on the southern edge of the village is visible from the neighboring communities of Hochkirchen and Eggersheim.



One of the largest lignite deposits in Germany is located under Irresheim , the "Erp / Irresheim opencast mine" , which is to be opened up, with 1.4 billion m³, the largest as yet undeveloped deposit in the Rhenish district .

A decision for or against the new open-cast lignite mine can be expected after 2015 . RWE-Power - press spokesman Manfred Lang did not want to deny this plan in 2006.


The place was first mentioned in 1381 in the Nörvenich court documents.

The place name , which ends in -heim , indicates the residence of a Franconian . The place was probably founded by a Frankish gentleman named Erin . From this name, the current place name Irresheim developed via Erinsheim and Erresheim. The small village is still popularly called Erressem today. The place name has nothing to do with “crazy” residents.

From 1965 until the 1990s, Irresheim regularly took part in the federal and state competitions Our village should become more beautiful . In 1967 Irresheim was the state winner in North Rhine-Westphalia and 3rd winner at the federal level. The then President of the German Horticultural Society, Count Lennart Bernadotte , owner of the island of Mainau in Lake Constance , planted a linden tree next to the Anna Chapel , which has since grown into a stately deciduous tree.

Until December 31, 1939, the place belonged to the Binsfeld office . On January 1, 1969, Irresheim was incorporated into Nörvenich.

Population development

Population development
year population year population year population
1794 128 1885 197 1905 183
1925 178 1945 144 1955 164
1965 161 1975 149 1985 149
1995 172 2005 179 2010 176
2015 177


  • Robert Mennen (* 1985) a mountain bike athlete who lived in Irresheim
  • Edmund Reader (1729–1786), 44th Abbot of Marienstatt Abbey

Culture and sights

Architectural monuments

"Et Backes"

In Irresheim there is also the only surviving bakery in the Nörvenich community. The current owner uses it as a hen and goose pen.

Diagonally opposite the old brick house is the Anna Chapel . This church has a capacity of about 20 people and is glazed with lead glazing by the glass painter and artist Rudolf Beihartz, who donated these stained glass to the chapel in the 1980s due to his ties to the village community. The chapel is open on Sundays and public holidays. Today it is also used to pray for the salvation of a villager after the death of a villager.

Another architectural monument in Irresheim is the memorial cross .

Soil monuments

Individual evidence

  2. The future of lignite in selected areas, Table 2.5: List of the locations that may be affected by an Erp-Irresheim opencast mine, Environmental Policy Research Center of the Free University of Berlin, April 2008, page 2  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: Der Link was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , 147 kB, accessed March 30, 2010@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  3. Flyer of the citizens' initiative "Citizens against Isweiler Feld"  ( 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 /  
  4. Is RWE examining a new opencast mine? , Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, November 23, 2006 ( Memento of the original from June 24, 2010 on WebCite ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed March 30, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Martin Bünermann: The communities of the first reorganization program in North Rhine-Westphalia . Deutscher Gemeindeverlag, Cologne 1970, p. 77 .

Web links

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