Ostenfelde (Ennigerloh)

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City of Ennigerloh
Coordinates: 51 ° 51 ′ 56 "  N , 8 ° 4 ′ 48"  E
Height : 75 m above sea level NN
Area : 29.2 km²
Residents : 2500
Population density : 86 inhabitants / km²
Incorporation : 1st January 1975
Postal code : 59320
Primaries : 02524, 02522, 02586, 02587
View of town with St. Margaretha Church

Ostenfelde is a district of Ennigerloh with around 2500 inhabitants and is located northeast of Ennigerloh in the Warendorf district in North Rhine-Westphalia . The place is still characterized by agriculture today. Ostenfelde is known as the birthplace of the mathematician Karl Weierstrass .


Until World War II

Holy cross

Around 890, the current Ostenfelde was first named Astonfelde in a list of goods from the Werden an der Ruhr abbey , which meant field in the east. In the period from 1022 to 1032 the parish was probably founded, which was first mentioned in a document in 1177. Hinricus dictus Vinke de Ostenfelde built Varnholte Castle around 1300 (vor dem Holze, Vornholz ). The great Christian was allied with the Hessians, he attacked the place twice, that's why the name Hessenknapp still comes today . In 1656 Dietrich Hermann von Nagel acquired the Vornholz property, which was partially destroyed in the Thirty Years War. The architect Pictorius the Elder built today's Vornholz Castle on the old foundation walls . The history of Ostenfeld is still closely connected to this noble family. In 1675, after the ongoing dispute, the owner of the Nienburg was arrested. On the orders of Prince Bishop Christoph Bernhard von Galen , the Nienburg was destroyed by the soldiers of Dietrich Hermann von Nagel . A ruin still reminds of the location of this castle complex.

Nienburg Ostenfelde castle ruins

Due to the marriage of Hermann Adolf von Nagel to Johanne Elisabeth von Doornick in 1765, the family was called von Nagel-Doornick from then on. The descendants of this noble family still live on the moated castle Vornholz today. The old church on Margarethenplatz was demolished after the new St. Margaretha church was built between 1860 and 1861 according to plans by the Münster diocesan master builder Emil von Manger . A hospital was founded in 1873 and the move to the new house took place in 1882.

After the Second World War

Clemens Freiherr von Nagel-Doornick founded Gestüt Vornholz in 1937, which was dissolved again after his death. His sister Ida von Nagel won the bronze medal in 1952 in Helsinki with the German team in dressage riding on Afrika, a horse from Gestüt Vornholz. She was the first German rider to win a medal at the Olympic Games. On November 21, 1944, the American pilot Harry Alfons Thompson (78th Fighter Group, 82nd Fighter Squadron) crashed after a flak hit near Ostenfelde and was captured. Like all municipalities, Ostenfelde also experienced an upswing after the Second World War. On January 1, 1975, Ostenfelde was incorporated into Ennigerloh. In 2009 Ostenfelde was named the most beautiful village in North Rhine-Westphalia.


The listed Schürenbrink chapel , which was built in 1862 according to plans by the architect Emil von Manger , is well worth seeing .


  • The Heimatverein looks after the Heimatstuben, the village archive, publishes the home calendar and has so far published two history books and 75 smaller publications.

Web links

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

Individual evidence

  1. First mention
  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, Stuttgart / Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1 , p. 312 .
  3. Pages of the Heimatverein