Town hall of Sint-Michielsgestel
Location in North Brabant
|• Body||Municipal council|
|• Mayor||Jan Pommer (CDA)|
|• Total||59.34 km2 (22.91 sq mi)|
|• Land||58.38 km2 (22.54 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.96 km2 (0.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|• Density||497/km2 (1,290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
5258, 5270–5275, 5290–5294
Sint-Michielsgestel (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌsɪntmiˌxilsˈxɛstəl] (listen)) is a municipality and a town in the southern part of the Netherlands. It is located directly south of 's-Hertogenbosch, the capital of North Brabant province. Its name refers to archangel St. Michael.
Smaller townships, also part of Sint-Michielsgestel, are: Besselaar, Doornhoek, Haanwijk (nl), Hal, Halder (nl), De Bus, De Hogert, De Loofaart, Heikantse Hoeve, Hersend, Hezelaar, Hoek, Kerkeind, Laar, Maaskantje, Middelrode (nl), Nijvelaar, Plein, Poeldonk (nl), Ruimel, Tielse Hoeve, Wielsche Hoeven, Wamberg (nl) and Woud.
Major employer in the town of Sint-Michielsgestel is Kentalis (nl), a resource center for sensory and communicative disabled people formerly known as Institute for the deaf and hearing impaired called Instituut voor Doven (nl) aka Viataal.
Most inhabitants are commuters as there is little to no industry in town.
The river Dommel, which flows from a well in Belgium to the river Maas in The Netherlands, divides the town in two parts.
Most of the villagers come here for fishing, since the river is filled with a lot of different fishes. The fish that you will see the most, is the "Driel". The present municipality Sint-Michielsgestel was founded in 1996, by merging Sint-Michielsgestel (est. 1314), Den Dungen (est. 1810) and Berlicum (est. 1238).
Archeological finds near the township of Halder indicate that the area was already inhabited during the Roman era. Thousands of Roman coins were found in 1962 not far from Nieuw Herlaer castle. These and other local archeological finds are now on display in the Museum of Antiquities at Viataal.
Sint-Michielsgestel was named for the high and dry sandy land (Gestel) and the archangel St. Michael. Its name was first mentioned when the estates or heerlijkheden (nl) Herlaer and Gestel were joined in approx. 1314 AD (maybe even earlier but there is no written documentation prior to that time). The estate of Oud Herlaer had already been mentioned in 1142 AD as being the estate of Dirck, Lord of Herlaer.
World War II
During World War II this facility was used as prison-camp, along with the grootseminarie (nl) in Haaren. On 4 May 1942 the Germans imprisoned 460 Dutch men in Beekvliet. All prisoners were politically involved or otherwise important to the Dutch people. Luuk van Driel, father of the famous Tim and Dirk, also known as 'grote spelers', got to escape along with a group of people, by calling the police. They became local heroes after this. Amongst the prisoners were writers Simon Vestdijk and Anton van Duinkerken. Political prisoners were Wim Schermerhorn (Prime Minister 1945-1946), Willem Banning, Pieter Geyl and Jan de Quay, all post-war politicians.
Nowadays Sint-Michielsgestel is known for Gymnasium Beekvliet, a renowned College (Dutch:zelfstandig gymnasium) with over 800 students.
The municipal council of Sint-Michielsgestel consists of 21 seats, which are divided as follows after the municipal elections of March 21 2018:
- Local Political Alliance(Plaatselijke Politieke Alliantie) - 7 seats
- CDA - 4 seats
- Dorpsgoed - 3 seats
- VVD - 2 seats
- De Gestelse Coalitie - 2 seats
- PvdA - 1 seat
- D66 - 1 seat
- GroenLinks - 1 seat
At the moment, the municipal board(college van burgemeester en wethouders) is formed by the Local Political Alliance, CDA and VVD.
- Gerrit Braks (1933–2017) a Dutch politician and agronomist
- Cas Wouters (born 1943) a Dutch sociologist who embraces figurational sociology
- Anneke van Giersbergen (born 1973) a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist;  formerly of The Gathering
- Jan van Grinsven (born 1960 in Den Dungen) a former football goalkeeper with 484 club caps
- Ronald Jansen (born 1963) a former field hockey goalkeeper, gold medallist in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics
- Kees Akerboom Jr. (born 1983) a retired Dutch basketball player
- Tom van Weert (born 1990) a footballer with 230 club caps, currently playing at Aalborg BK, Denmark
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