Popielewo (Połczyn-Zdrój)

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Popielewo (Poland)
Basic data
State : Poland
Voivodeship : West Pomerania
Powiat : Świdwin
Geographic location : 53 ° 45 ′  N , 16 ° 10 ′  E Coordinates: 53 ° 45 ′ 0 ″  N , 16 ° 10 ′ 0 ″  E
Residents : 190
Postal code : 78-227
Telephone code : (+48) 94
License plate : ZSD
Economy and Transport
Next international airport : Szczecin-Goleniów

Popielewo ( German  (Groß-) Poplow ) is a village in the Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship . It belongs to the rural community Połczyn-Zdrój (Bad Polzin) in the Powiat Świdwiński .

Geographical location

Popielewo is located in the formerly so-called "Pomeranian Switzerland", six kilometers southeast of Połczyn-Zdrój , in the northern Drawski Park Krajobrazowy (landscape protection park). The village can be reached via a secondary road from Połczyn-Zdrój to Czaplinek (Tempelburg) via Ogartowo (Jagertow) on the main road No. 172 (Połczyn-Zdrój - Szczecinek (Neustettin) ).


Former Popielewo manor
Church in Popielewo
Church in Popielewo, interior view
Manor house, remains

The place Klein Poplow (now Polish: Popielewko ) belongs to Poplow (formerly: Groß Poplow , 1583 still Popelow ). Both villages were allodial manors whose name is derived from popiel (= dust, ashes). The story goes back well into the Middle Ages. There the farmers were serfs of the Knights of Queeren, who undertook numerous raids even as far as the Uckermark , and their castle (of which the foundations can still be seen today) in 1500 by Duke Erich IX. was attacked and destroyed. Groß Poplow then became the property of the von Manteuffel family , whose descendants made the nearby village of Kollatz (Kołacz) their residence in the 17th century. During this time, Klein Poplow was also created, also owned by Manteuffel. After that, the manors often changed hands. The manor had been owned by the Woeller family since the second half of the 19th century. Walter Woeller, who took over the estate from his father Friedrich Woeller at the beginning of the 20th century, managed it until his failed escape in the spring of 1945 and the subsequent expulsion in 1946.

In 1939 Poplow had 712 inhabitants in 178 households. Most of them lived from agriculture, but the craft was also well represented with tailoring, shoemaking, blacksmithing, wheelwright and gardening. At that time the village was assigned to the Belgard district .

Until 1945 Poplow was a separate district and registry office in the district court area of ​​Bad Polzin. The last officials were Willi Wach (head of office) and Wilhelm Scheffler (registrar). In March 1945, Poplow was destroyed not by fighting, but by fires set by slave labor. The German residents fled or were expelled when the place came to Poland . Today Popielewo is a district of the rural municipality Połczyn-Zdrój in the Powiat Świdwiński.



Groß Poplow has been a pastor from time immemorial. The parish belonged to the Kingdom of Poland and came to Prussia in 1773. From 1816 to 1945 the parish belonged to United Poplow Kirchenkreis Belgard of the ecclesiastical province of Pomerania in the Evangelical Church of the Old Prussian Union .

The parish was Klein Poplow ( Popielewko ), Brutzen ( Brusno ) and Hagenhorst ( Kocury ). In addition, the parish Kollatz ( Kołacz ) with Neu Kollatz ( Kołaczek ) and Nemrin ( Niemierzyno ) as a daughter parish belonged to the parish. The church patronage was last shared by the manor owners Walter Woeller (Gross Poplow) and von Manteuffel (Kollatz).

On March 1, 1945, the pastor's wife Felicitas Vedder (whose husband was missing in the Crimea) held a poignant farewell service with the congregation in the Gross Poplower Church, before the residents fled from the Red Army the following day .

Today Popielewo belongs to the Parafia Koszalin (Köslin) of the Polish Evangelical Church of Augsburg (Lutheran) denomination . The place of the church is Świdwin (Schivelbein) .


  • Groß Poplow : The parish church was built in 1876 in neo-Gothic style from field stones - as a replacement for a half-timbered building dating back to the 18th century. The tower in front has a square basic shape and a brick structure. The furnishings included a communion chalice with the year 1506. The church hardly survived the war and is now used as a place of worship for Polish Catholics.
  • Kollatz : The church is a simple half-timbered building from the middle of the 18th century, the tower was built in 1840. After 1945 the building was re-covered.

Pastor from the Reformation to 1945

  1. Andreas Laurenty, from 1575
  2. Christoph Japowitzky, 1622–1667
  3. Laurentius Hohenhausen, 1663
  4. NN. Blue skirt
  5. Christian Henning Blaurock (son of 4.)
  6. Adam Nassius, 1682-1730
  7. Johann Heinrich Garbrecht, 1730–1762
  8. Michael Friedrich Leistikow, 1763–1770
  9. Andreas Steffen, 1770–1779
  10. Johann Michael Ludwig Jakobi, 1779–1782
  11. Johann Heinrich Friedrich Dopicke, 1782–1806
  12. David Christlieb Bade, 1807–1851
  13. Karl Friedrich Gustav Biedermann, 1851–1885
  14. Otto Stapelfeldt, 1886–1926
  15. Martin Vedder, 1926-1944


  • Belgard-Schivelbein home district committee (ed.): The Belgard district. From the story of a Pomeranian home district. Belgard-Schivelbein home district committee, Celle 1989.
  • The Evangelical Clergy of Pomerania from the Reformation to the Present, Part 2: The Administrative Region of Köslin, arr. by Ernst Müller, Stettin 1912.
  • Hans Glaeser-Swantow: The Evangelical Pomerania. Part 2: Authorities, churches, pastors, clergy, institutions and associations, Stettin 1940.