Veghel

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Veghel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈvɛɣəl]  ( listen)) is a municipality and a town in the southern Netherlands.

Since 1994 Veghel and the neighbouring village of Erp have formed a single municipality.

Veghel is twinned with Goch in Germany.

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Population centres

The town of Veghel

History

The first settlements date back to Roman times and were established near the River Aa. The municipality was officially founded in 1310 when Duke John II of Brabant granted the inhabitants the right to use common grounds. Rulers of the municipality were the Lords of Erp, residing at their castle of Frisselsteijn in Veghel.

In 1648 Veghel became part of the Republic of the Netherlands. As a former part of the Duchy of Brabant, Veghel is situated in the Meierij of 's-Hertogenbosch. As a Catholic village, Veghel (like all the other areas of Brabant and Limburg which were transferred to the Netherlands by the Peace of Westphalia) suffered economic and religious oppression from the Protestant Dutch and was counted part of the Dutch military boundary area.

It was not until the French wars of 1795 that Veghel became a free village again and received a guarantee of full common rights from the Dutch government. In 1810 Veghel became part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From the middle of the 19th century the agrarian village began developing into an industrial village as a consequence of the opening of the Zuid-Willemsvaart Canal. The construction of large-scale buildings like the neogothic church by Pierre Cuypers and the neoclassical town hall dates from that period. Monastic orders made Veghel a regional centre of health care and education, which it remains to this day.

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