Terwispel

Terwispel lies in the west of the municipality of Opsterland, close to Gorredijk, the largest core area of Opsterland. Terwispel is one of the older settlements in the municipality, and used to be a farmer's village.

Terwispel lies in the west of the municipality of Opsterland, close to Gorredijk, the largest core area of Opsterland. Terwispel is one of the older settlements in the municipality, and used to be a farmer's village.

The village lies on the border between two types of landscape.  To the west of the village lies the open landscape, and the landscape to the east consists of pasture and woodland. The village is a mixture of a roadway village and a waterway village.  The road 'De Streek' and the water 'De Nieuwe Vaart' together form a crossing along which the village developed.

Het Alddjip (Koningsdiep) had a number of tributaries.  One of these sprung between Terwispel and Kortezwaag.  The naming upstream was, consecutively, Mûdjip, Wispel and Alde Ie. The Wispel gave Terwispel its name.

Terwispel was, a number of centuries ago, a large village in terms of its expanse, and together with Beets was called 'the hay barn of Opsterland'.  The current day Bûtewei was also called the Wispeler Hooywech in 1664.  Terwispel was a very expansive village between Gorredijk, Langezwaag, Oldeboorn and Nij Beets.  The village was scarcely populated and far from rich. Terwispel developed quickly in the 19th century due to the lowland fen peat exploitation, which resulted in Venebuurt, Kolderveen and Tijnje.  The 'strijd tegen het water' – the battle against water – played an important role in the history of Terwispel.  Some of the hard work from the 15th century has still been preserved to the modern day.  The inhabitants dug the Wispelder Walle themselves in order to protect themselves against rising water, particularly from the Ie and the Wispel.

Around 1852, the Nieuwe Vaart canal was dug.  The bridge which connects the two village halves is for that reason called the Spaltenbrêge ('Division Bridge').   At the corner by the bridge, a cooperative dairy factory was founded.  The Nieuwe Vaart makes up part of the recreational waterway through the municipality of Opsterland and south-east Friesland, the Turfroute.

You can find more information about Terwispel on www.terwispel.net.