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Coat of arms of the local community in Kettenhausen
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Coordinates: 50 ° 43 '  N , 7 ° 38'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 265 m above sea level NHN
Area : 1.68 km 2
Residents: 280 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 167 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57612
Area code : 02681
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 061
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen
Website :
Local Mayor : Uwe Krauskopf
Location of the local community of Kettenhausen in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Friesenhagen Harbach (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Niederfischbach Mudersbach Brachbach Kirchen (Sieg) Herdorf Daaden Emmerzhausen Mauden Derschen Nisterberg Friedewald (Westerwald) Weitefeld Niederdreisbach Schutzbach Grünebach Alsdorf (Westerwald) Betzdorf Scheuerfeld Wallmenroth Willroth Krunkel Horhausen (Westerwald) Pleckhausen Güllesheim Obersteinebach Niedersteinebach Bürdenbach Eulenberg (Westerwald) Peterslahr Rott (Westerwald) Burglahr Oberlahr Eichen (Westerwald) Seifen (Westerwald) Seelbach (Westerwald) Flammersfeld Kescheid Reiferscheid Berzhausen Obernau (Westerwald) Walterschen Schürdt Orfgen Ziegenhain (Westerwald) Giershausen Katzwinkel (Sieg) Birken-Honigsessen Wissen (Stadt) Hövels Mittelhof Nauroth Elkenroth Rosenheim (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Kausen Dickendorf Malberg (Westerwald) Steinebach/Sieg Fensdorf Gebhardshain Elben (Westerwald) Steineroth Molzhain Selbach (Sieg) Forst (bei Wissen, Sieg) Bitzen Etzbach Roth (Landkreis Altenkirchen) Bruchertseifen Fürthen Hamm (Sieg) Seelbach bei Hamm (Sieg) Breitscheidt Pracht Birkenbeul Niederirsen Kircheib Hirz-Maulsbach Fiersbach Mehren (Westerwald) Rettersen Ersfeld Hasselbach (Westerwald) Forstmehren Kraam Werkhausen Oberirsen Weyerbusch Hemmelzen Neitersen Birnbach Ölsen Schöneberg (Westerwald) Stürzelbach Fluterschen Oberwambach Berod bei Hachenburg Gieleroth Almersbach Altenkirchen (Westerwald) Michelbach (Westerwald) Ingelbach Sörth Mammelzen Eichelhardt Idelberg Isert Helmeroth Racksen Volkerzen Hilgenroth Obererbach (Westerwald) Bachenberg Busenhausen Heupelzen Wölmersen Kettenhausen Helmenzen Nordrhein-Westfalen Landkreis Neuwied Westerwaldkreis Landkreis Neuwiedmap
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Kettenhausen, aerial photo (2015)

Kettenhausen (dialect: Kerressen ) is a municipality in the district of Altenkirchen (Westerwald) in Rhineland-Palatinate . It belongs to the community of Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld .


Geographical location

Kettenhausen is about two kilometers north of Altenkirchen , with which it is connected by the state road 267, which leads from Altenkirchen to Au (Sieg) and on to Waldbröl .

The local community of Kettenhausen, with around 75 houses and 270 inhabitants (as of 2010), is located on the southern slope of the Beulskopf , around three kilometers from it. Kettenhausen is a closed settlement, only one house in the area of ​​the former Hope Valley mine is 1 km south of the village. The municipality borders on the local communities Helmenzen , Wölmersen , Heupelzen and Busenhausen as well as on the district of Dieperzen (district Honneroth) of the city of Altenkirchen.

The place is about 265  m above sea level. NN . The lowest point in the municipality is in the Driescheider Bachtal in the area of ​​the former Hope Valley mine at 230  m . A height of 300  m above sea level. NN is reached on the wooded ridge west of the village. Only a few meters lower (approx. 290 m) is the state road 267 on the boundary to Heupelzen.


The landscape around Altenkirchen (Westerwald) has a "continental mountainous climate". The mean air temperature is 8 ° C, the mean annual rainfall is 900 mm. The climate is much rougher than on the Rhine or in the Rhine-Main area , on average around 3 ° colder.


The first written mention of Kettenhausen comes from the documents of the Marienstatt monastery . On January 25, 1359, the Vogtschöffen zu Altenkirchen ( Aldenkirgen ) Rorich von Kettenhausen ( Kedinhausen ) and Rokil von Ölsen ( Udilshausen ) with the Vogtschultheiß Lutz von Mehren a contract about an inheritance in Müschenbach .

At that time there was a Vogtgericht in Altenkirchen, which was responsible for civil law matters such as inheritance and complaints. It was the city court of Altenkirchen, which had city ​​rights since 1314 . It was responsible in this case because the original owners of the inheritance, Scholer and his brother Tepillere, lived in Altenkirchen. The chairman was the Vogtschultheiß, who spoke the judgments with the Vogtschöffen or, as in this case, attested the correctness of a document. The aforementioned document was sealed with the city seal of Altenkirchen. Rorich von Kettenhausen already had a more senior position. The lay judges were supposed to be elected, but were often appointed. The office often remained in the family for generations.

In the middle of the 18th century, the rights to the local forests fell from the then owner, Count von Sayn-Altenkirchen , to a local forest interest group .

Until 1881 lead and iron ore were mined in the Hope Valley mine .

Population development

The development of the population of Kettenhausen, the values ​​from 1871 to 1987 are based on censuses:

year Residents
1815 75
1835 109
1871 148
1905 171
1939 164
1950 162
year Residents
1961 164
1970 144
1987 153
1997 280
2005 253
2019 280


Municipal council

The local council in Kettenhausen consists of six council members, who were elected by a majority vote in the local elections on May 26, 2019 , and the honorary local mayor as chairman.


In the direct election on May 26, 2019, Uwe Krauskopf was confirmed in his office for another five years with 78.10% of the votes.

coat of arms

Kettenhausen coat of arms
Blazon : "Under a silver shield head, in it black chain, split by a looped golden tip, in it black crossed hammer and mallet, in front a golden, blue-tongued and valued leopard lion, behind in green three golden ears."
Reasons for the coat of arms: The Saynish lion stands for belonging to the former county of Sayn and the Verbandsgemeinde and the Altenkirchen district, which also bear the lion in their coat of arms; the ears of wheat in the green field indicate the great importance of agriculture and forestry in the local community of Kettenhausen; the mining symbol hammer and mallet stands for the former "Bleierzgrube Hoffnungsthal" in the south of the district.


Kettenhausen is predominantly agricultural, in addition, the company ASF Schmidt Vehicles offers additional jobs.


The district of Kettenhausen has a size of 168 hectares, of which approx. 35 hectares are forested (status 2010) .

About 2/3 of the community area is used for agriculture. In the southern part of the district , agriculture is in the foreground, while pasture use predominates in the rest of the area. The arable land in the municipality has a yield index of 50, making it one of the best soils in the area of ​​the Verbandsgemeinde. This good to very good soil quality and the resulting good agricultural production conditions mean that the local community of Kettenhausen is assigned the special function of agriculture in the Regional Spatial Planning Plan Middle Rhine - Westerwald (ROP) .

A land management procedure carried out around 10 years ago in the field has further improved the use of agricultural land.



  • Local community of Kettenhausen (Ed.): 650 years of Kettenhausen. 1359-2009 , Kettenhausen 2009, ISBN 978-3-00-027971-3 .

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, communities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. ^ A b c State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  3. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: Local council election 2019 Kettenhausen. Retrieved December 26, 2019 .
  4. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, 32nd line of results. Retrieved December 26, 2019 .