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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
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District (Kreis) : Kleve (until 1969 Geldern)
Additions : 1969 Herongen
State : Nordrhein-Westfalen

Straelen was first mentioned as city in 1395, but it was known as a village since before 1281, when a local court was established. The first seals, dating from the early 15th century already show the arrow. It probably is a canting symbol (Strahl = Pfeil = arrow). It was the only object in the oldest seals, but in the 16th century it was combined with the figure of bishop Anno of Köln. The arms were officially granted in 1928 and again after the merger with Herongen in 1971.

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes; Frankewitz, S. en G. Fenner : De zegels der steden en dorpen in het overkwartier van Gelre/Die Siegel der Städte und Dörfer im geldrischen Oberquartier. Venlo, z.j. 291 blz.(bilingual); Nagel, R.; Rheinisches Wappenbuch, Köln, 1986.

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