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Bentille

Long ago due to one of the many inundations the people of St.-Jan-in-Eremo were forced to move to higher ground.  They moved to Bentille which became a hamlet of St.-Jan-in-Eremo.

Bentille a hamlet of St.-Jan ?  This statement infuriates some of the natives of Bentille.  They claim it's the other way round because Bentille has a much larger population than St.-Jan.

In the meantime the church of St-John the Baptist in St.-Jan, much smaller than Bentille's, has been downgraded to a chapel.

 

We don't know a lot more about the history of Bentille or the origin of its name.  All help you may be able to give will be gratefully accepted.  If you have read some of our others stories on this Meetjesland website you know what we're looking for.

In the meantime we put up some pictures here.

When you step inside Bentille's beautiful church you step into a haven of peace and serenity as these pictures attempt to show.

Inside Bentille's church

rootputten Until about 1975 the flax industry was very important for the region.  The flax had to be steeped in water to separate the outer skin of the stalks from the long fibres that were used to make textiles.  The fourth picture above shows one of those pits where this steeping took place.  Those pits that still remain now lay idle and worthless.

Bentille and Sint-Jan-in-Eremo together formed one separate town until 1977.  Both together are 1,260 hectares (3,112 acres).  In 1977 they were merged with Watervliet, St. Margriete, Waterland-Oudeman and St.-Laureins into what we call here Greater St.-Laureins.  On 1/1/2004 the population of both towns together was 1,048.  And exactly one year later it stood at 1,039 according to the official Greater St.-Laureins website.
 

More pictures from Bentille

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Most recent update: 26 April 2017

Aalter
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Belzele
Bentille
Boekhoute
Donk
Doornzele
Eeklo
Ertvelde
Evergem
Hansbeke
Kaprijke
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Kleit
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Lovendegem
Maldegem
Merendree
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Nevele
Oosteeklo
Oostwinkel
Overslag
Poeke
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Rieme
Ronsele
Sleidinge
St.-Jan-in-Eremo
St.-Kruis-Winkel
St.-Laureins
St.-Margriete
St.-Maria-Aalter
Ursel
Vinderhoute
Vosselare
Waarschoot
Wachtebeke
Waterland-Oudeman
Watervliet
Wippelgem
Zelzate
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