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Coat of arms of the municipality of Roklum
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Coordinates: 52 ° 4 ′  N , 10 ° 44 ′  E

Basic data
State : Lower Saxony
County : Wolfenbüttel
Joint municipality : Elm aces
Height : 106 m above sea level NHN
Area : 8.35 km 2
Residents: 437 (Dec 31, 2019)
Population density : 52 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 38325
Area code : 05336
License plate : WF
Community key : 03 1 58 025
Association administration address: Markt 3
38170 Schöppenstedt
Mayor : Karl-Heinz Müller ( CDU )
Location of the municipality of Roklum in the Wolfenbüttel district
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Roklum is a municipality in the Wolfenbüttel district in Lower Saxony . It belongs to the Elm-Asse community , which has its administrative headquarters in the town of Schöppenstedt .



Roklum is located in the southeast of the district on the northern edge of the Große Bruch , which delimits the community along the Schiffgraben to the south in the direction of the Großer Fallstein . Several trenches, in particular the Triftgraben and Northern Edge Trench, run in the southern transition zone to the break. The Winnigstedter Tiefenbach flows through the north of the municipality and flows into the Großer Bruch, so that Roklum is east of the Großer Fallstein in the catchment area of ​​the Bode and the Elbe .

History and etymology

The community was first mentioned in 1159 as Rokele . This shape remained with slight modifications until 1542, when the place is mentioned as Rockel . The addition -um only appeared from the 18th century ( Rocklum 1754), with preliminary stages in the 17th century ( Rockelm , 1630). There are two approaches to the interpretation of the defining word: One starts with an old Germanic root * hrauk-, which means something like 'conical heap' and in combination with the diminutive -el means 'small hill'. An alternative is based on a combination of hrok for 'rook' and -loh for 'forest'.

On August 1, 1941, as part of the reorganization of the Salzgitter area, Roklum was separated from the district of Wernigerode (Province of Saxony) together with Hornburg and Isingerode (both now districts of the municipality of Schladen-Werla ) and incorporated into the district of Wolfenbüttel .

In 2015, a merger between Roklum and the neighboring municipality of Winnigstedt failed because the residents of both villages and both municipal councils could not agree on a common name. The names Winnigstedt-Roklum , Tiefenbach (Elm-Asse) , Großes Bruch and Mattierzoll were up for debate .

Population development

In the more recent past, Roklum has shown a demographic downward trend since the mid-1990s, with the population shrinking by around a quarter between 1991 and 2010. However, the trend has been slowing since the late 2000s.

year Residents
1987 535
1988 560
1989 579
1990 577
1991 586
1992 576
1993 568
1994 581
1995 558
1996 541
year Residents
1997 551
1998 541
1999 539
2000 538
2001 537
2002 538
2003 524
2004 508
2005 493
2006 488
year Residents
2007 471
2008 469
2009 463
2010 464
2011 461
2012 446
2013 449
2014 461
2015 444
2016 443
year Residents
2017 435

The data come from the information provided by the Lower Saxony State Statistical Office. They refer to December 31st of each year.


Municipal council

The local council from Roklum consists of 7 councilors

  • SPD 3 seats (Donja Grund, René Rabanus, Dagmar Scherber)
  • CDU 4 seats (Andreas Lüttge, Horst Hake, Harry Wäterling, Karl-Heinz Müller)

(Status: 2016 local elections)


Mayor is Karl-Heinz Müller (CDU).

coat of arms

The coat of arms was awarded on May 23, 1939 by the President of the Province of Saxony.

Blazon : "In silver, a growing Harz carter with black trousers, a blue, silver-embroidered shirt and a black, embroidered cap, holding a whip to the left in his hands."

The coat of arms was designed by the graphic artist Willy Kluge , who lives in Osterweddingen .

Economy and Infrastructure

The federal highway 79 Wolfenbüttel - Halberstadt runs directly through the town.


From 1828 to 1835 the writer and theologian Heinrich Andreas Pröhle (1797–1875) was pastor in Roklum.

Reinhold Eggers was born here in 1890 and was known as the security officer of the Oflag IV-C officers' camp at Colditz Castle .

Individual evidence

  1. State Office for Statistics Lower Saxony, LSN-Online regional database, Table 12411: Update of the population, as of December 31, 2019  ( help ).
  2. ^ Kirstin Casemir: The place names of the district Wolfenbüttel and the city of Salzgitter . 2003, p. 273 f . ( ).
  3. Report on the failed name finding (PDF)
  4. Mandate holder of the joint community Elm-Asse ( Memento of the original from August 16, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / el

Web links

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