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Coordinates: 50 ° 43 '  N , 7 ° 32'  E

Basic data
State : Rhineland-Palatinate
County : Altenkirchen (Westerwald)
Association municipality : Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld
Height : 270 m above sea level NHN
Area : 5.75 km 2
Residents: 227 (Dec. 31, 2019)
Population density : 39 inhabitants per km 2
Postal code : 57635
Area code : 02686
License plate : AK
Community key : 07 1 32 114
Community structure: 5 districts
Association administration address: Rathausstrasse 13
57610 Altenkirchen
Website : www.vg-altenkirchen.de
Local Mayor : Ottmar Orfgen
Location of the local community Werkhausen 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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Werkhausen, district of Ochsenbruch

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

Geographical location

Werkhausen is two kilometers northwest of Weyerbusch and borders on the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia for a length of approximately four kilometers . The border is essentially marked by the former " Hohe Straße ". It is the predecessor of Bundesstraße 8 and thus a previously important traffic route. This is followed by the largest contiguous forest area in the area, the Leuscheid . The Mehrbach rises in the north of Werkhausen and flows into the Wied at Ehrenstein Monastery .

The municipality of Werkhausen consists of the districts Acker, Überdorf, Ochsenbruch, Leingen and Werkhausen.


The first written document mentioning Werkhausen comes from 1430, when Ludwig von Werkhausen was a judge in the parish of Birnbach and a lay judge at the high festival. In 1558 the name of the place appeared as Werickhuisen . In 1578 there were 21 fireplaces in Werkhausen, in 1620 there were 14, in 1780 23 houses. The current district of Leingen was mentioned in 1600 as Lempfgen in connection with the number of five houses. In 1603 the Werkhäuser Mühle was loaned to Wilhelm Kremer from Weyerbusch by the Counts of Sayn .

Werkhausen belonged to the county of Sayn and after its division in the 17th century to the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen .

The surveying of the Weyerbuscher and Werkhäuser Erbenwald lasted from October 30th, 1830 to April 7th, 1831. In the meantime, a log from February 12th, 1831 documented the distribution of the forest parcels to the new owners. In 1837 there were 34 residential buildings in Werkhausen, plus a schoolhouse that the children of Hasselbach also had to use, as well as a mill and various agricultural buildings.

Population development

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

year Residents
1815 126
1835 187
1871 187
1905 174
1939 162
1950 181
year Residents
1961 162
1970 170
1987 159
1997 200
2005 231
2017 232


Municipal council

The municipal council in Werkhausen 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.


Ottmar Orfgen is the local mayor of Werkhausen. In the direct election on May 26, 2019, he was confirmed in office for a further five years with a share of the vote of 93.48%.


The community of Werkhausen is now a pure residential community. There are two handicraft businesses on site, and several families who are still farming as a sideline .


  • Daniel Schneider: The milling industry in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen. In: Heimat-Jahrbuch des Kreis Altenkirchen 59. 2016, pp. 219–237 (on the history of the Werkhäuser Mühle).
  • Wilhelm Schneider: The Werkhäuser Mühle in the upper Mehrbachtal. In: Local calendar of the Altenkirchen district (Westerwald) 6. 1963, pp. 87–93.

Web links

Commons : Werkhausen  - collection of images

Individual evidence

  1. a b State Statistical Office of Rhineland-Palatinate - population status 2019, districts, municipalities, association communities ( help on this ).
  2. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate (ed.): Official directory of the municipalities and parts of the municipality. Status: January 2018 [ Version 2020 is available. ] . S. 8 (PDF; 2.2 MB).
  3. See Daniel Schneider: The mill trade in the county of Sayn-Altenkirchen, p. 221.
  4. State Statistical Office Rhineland-Palatinate - regional data
  5. ^ The Regional Returning Officer for Rhineland-Palatinate: City council election 2019 Werkhausen. Retrieved December 29, 2019 .
  6. ^ The Regional Returning Officer Rhineland-Palatinate: direct elections 2019. see Altenkirchen-Flammersfeld, Verbandsgemeinde, 63rd result line. Retrieved December 29, 2019 .