Sommerfeld (Leipzig)

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sommerfeld on a map from 1891

Up until the merger with neighboring Engelsdorf in 1923, Sommerfeld was an independent municipality east of Leipzig and has been part of the trade fair city since 1999.


Sommerfeld emerged in the 12th century as a street green village when German and Dutch farmers settled. Margrave Dietrich the distressed gave the village to the nunnery "Zum heiligen Kreuz" in Meißen on April 24, 1220 . In the deed of donation, the village is referred to as "Svmuelt" ( Dutch summer field). The great distance to Meißen made it difficult to manage the property, so that on April 26, 1391, Sommerfeld was sold to the Thomaskloster in Leipzig for 200 Freiberg Groschen .

After the Reformation and secularization , it was acquired by the City Council of Leipzig from Elector Moritz in 1543 . In 1637, after the unsuccessful siege of Leipzig by Swedish troops in the Thirty Years' War , the village was plundered and set on fire. On December 17, 1650, Christoph Arnold, the village's most famous son, was born.

Sommerfeld Church, before 1858

Until 1856, Sommerfeld was part of the Electoral Saxon or Royal Saxon District Office in Leipzig . From 1856 the place belonged to the Taucha court office and from 1875 to the Leipzig District Administration . In 1858 the Romanesque choir tower church was torn down, which was replaced in 1859 by a simple and unadorned new building. At the turn of the century, the church was renovated and artistically designed under the leadership of the Leipzig architect Julius Zeißig and the painter Richard Schulz.

Around 1900, a gradual industrialization of the town, which had around 1400 inhabitants at that time, began (Bohrmaschinenfabrik Ernst Schumann KG; sawmill). In 1923, Sommerfeld merged with the neighboring community of Engelsdorf in order to forestall the threatened incorporation into Leipzig. From the mid-1920s onwards, several new housing estates were established on Sommerfelder Flur.

Postcard from Sommerfeld, around 1900

On October 20, 1943, several estates and the Sommerfeld church burned down after a bomb attack . It was able to be rebuilt after the end of the war with funds from the Lutheran World Federation and money and material collections from all over the place. The re-inauguration took place on October 4, 1953.

After 1945, the Ratsgut was converted into a state- owned company (VEB), which subsequently specialized in bull and pig fattening and the cultivation of table potatoes. In 1990 the LPG was dissolved and the arable land was sold as building land. In 1982, in execution of a resolution of the district assembly, parts of the Sommerfelder Flur were assigned to Leipzig, on which the construction of part of the new Paunsdorf area was planned. In 1993/94 the Paunsdorf Center was built on this area . In 1999, Sommerfeld was incorporated into Leipzig together with Engelsdorf.


Epitaph for astronomer Christoph Arnold in the Sommerfeld church


  • Cornelius Gurlitt : Sommerfeld. In:  Descriptive representation of the older architectural and art monuments of the Kingdom of Saxony. 16. Issue: Amtshauptmannschaft Leipzig (Leipzig Land) . CC Meinhold, Dresden 1894, p. 116.

Web links

Commons : Sommerfeld  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Karlheinz Blaschke , Uwe Ulrich Jäschke : Kursächsischer Ämteratlas. Leipzig 2009, ISBN 978-3-937386-14-0 , pp. 60 f.
  2. The Amtshauptmannschaft Leipzig in the municipal register 1900

Coordinates: 51 ° 21 '  N , 12 ° 30'  E