Category: <span>Heppen</span>

Old Presbytery

On the place where there is the old presbytery, stood before 1600 the ‘Schans’ (=entrenchment), a water give shelter to wandering robber gangs. A small house, with a drawbridge was located on the site of the entrance gate of the presbytery. The first provost, the Rev. Vanmuysen was assigned this…

Church Sint-Blasius

In 1846 the first stone of the new church of Heppen, which was devoted to the Saint Blasius, was laid. It just took one year to complete the church, but in 1861 the building already needed to be thoroughly strengthened. Because of the quick population growth, the church became to…

Old Town Hall

On the spot where the old chapel of Heppen used to be, the Town Hall, also used as classroom, was build between 1854 and 1856. The pump, at the right of the building, is dated 1856. The Town Hall was completely rebuild and beautified and is now serving as extracurricular…

Monument of Louis Goetz

The memorial tablet in the Engenstraat in Heppen remembers of sergeant Goetz, of the 1st Belgian Grouping (Brigade Piron). During a patrol in the night from 11 to 12 September 1944 this cadet-candidate-officer was hit in the heart by a German sniper. The sniper was on a distance of 500…

Major William Cavendish

The ‘WIJZERPLAAT’ (since 2016 ‘ZEST’, red.) gets a face. Who was the Englishman who got killed at our backdoor during the fights in and around HEPPEN? Major William CAVENDISH was born in London on December 17, 1917 as the oldest son of Edward CAVENDISH, 10th duke of DEVONSHIRE and Lady…

Cavendish monument

On September 9, 2004 the monument CAVENDISH was revealed. The monument was made by Bart Heylen and exists out of ashlar and marble. It symbolises Major CAVENDISH and two unknown soldiers. With this monument we want to honour all foreign soldiers, who died during the liberation of Leopoldsburg and Heppen….

Heikapper (Heath Cutter)

The statue of the Heath cutter is a tribute to the many poor Heath cutters of Heppen who worked the heath in the past centuries out of bitter necessity. The sculpture made of bluestone was modeled by Jef Haesen after the 82-year-old Sus Caelen, who practiced this activity in his…