Home of the first mayor

Home of the first mayor

Old postcards of the Church ‘OLV Tenhemelopneming’ and the old post office also regularly mention the home of the first mayor, Vander Elst. You can also find a sign on the building itself that states this.

Let’s go back to 1844, when BOURG’s allotment plan is already 2 years old.

Allotment plan of 1844

On this plan we see the church 1 (consecrated in 1843, since 1924 the chapel of the Carmelite sisters), the churchyard 2 (built in 1835) to the right of the church, the school 3 to the left of the church, the presbytery 4 (1844) opposite the churchyardOld Postal Office, next to which the first post building 5 (1844). Across the street from this post office we see the real house of Vander Elst 6: a single-storey house, above which attic rooms under a gable roof (was renovated several times after 1890 ..).

So even though it has been adjusted, in my view it is indeed the home of our first mayor.

Source: text partly taken from Heem Leopoldsburg on Seniorennet.be https://blog.seniorennet.be/leopoldsburg/

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