's-Gravenzande is a town in the province of South Holland, in the Netherlands. It is a part of the municipality of Westland, and lies about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of The Hague. Until 2004 it was a separate municipality and covered an area of 20.77 km² (of which 3.38 km² water).

The town of 's-Gravenzande had 15,241 inhabitants in 2011. The built-up area of the town was 2.7 km², and contained 5,879 residences.[1] The statistical area "'s-Gravenzande", which also can include the peripheral parts of the village, as well as the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 119,750.[2] As of 1 January 2009, 's-Gravenzande is the largest town in Westland with 19.428 inhabitants.[3]

The former municipality of 's-Gravenzande also included the township of Heenweg.

Coat of arms of 's-Gravenzande

Coat of arms
Location of 's-Gravenzande
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of 's-Gravenzande in the municipality of Westland.
The town centre (dark green) and the statistical district (light green) of 's-Gravenzande in the municipality of Westland.
Coordinates: 52°0′N 4°10′E / 52.000°N 4.167°ECoordinates: 52°0′N 4°10′E / 52.000°N 4.167°E
Postal code
2692 - 2694
Area code(s)0174


Gravesande 1868
's-Gravenzande in 1868.

's-Gravenzande was granted city rights in 1246 by Count William II of Holland who, just like his father Count Floris IV, regularly resided at his estate near the town. It is therefore the only "city" in Westland.

Machteld van Brabant, daughter of Duke Henry I and wife of Floris IV, was responsible for building the town's church, and gave it a Madonna statue to which miraculous powers were attributed. 's-Gravenzande subsequently became a pilgrimage site.

The neighborhood of Gravesend, Brooklyn, New York in the United States is said by some to have been named for 's-Gravenzande.[4]


  1. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Bevolkingskernen in Nederland 2001 Archived March 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. (Statistics are for the continuous built-up area).
  2. ^ Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Statline: Kerncijfers wijken en buurten 2003-2005. As of 1 January 2005. Archived July 24, 2006, at WebCite
  3. ^ "Gemeente Westland - Feiten en cijfers". Archived from the original on 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2009-09-09.
  4. ^ Letter to the Editor: Gravesend, The New York Times, December 20, 1992. Accessed October 28, 2007. "As a historical archeologist specializing in the early history of New York, I can tell you that what is now the Gravesend section of Brooklyn was not named for the hometown that Lady Deborah Moody and her followers left in England, as you stated in your article about the community on Oct. 18, but by the Dutch governor-general, William Kieft. Kieft chose to name the settlement " 's'Gravesande" after the town in Holland that had been the seat of the Counts of Holland before they moved to the Hague. It means the count's sand or beach."

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The village of De Lier obtained its name from the name of an old river called De Lee.

De Lier used to be a separate municipality. On 26 March 1963 it was granted their coat of arms and on 14 April 1965, it adopted their modern-day flag. On 1 January 2004, it merged with Naaldwijk, 's-Gravenzande, Monster, and Wateringen to form the municipality of Westland. The former municipality covered an area of 8.93 square kilometres.

In 2001, De Lier had 9415 inhabitants. In 2003, De Lier had 11,400 inhabitants. The built-up area of the village was 2.2 km², and contained 3494 residences.

The statistical area "De Lier", which can also include the peripheral parts of the village as well as the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 11,470.

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Naaldwijk lies in the heart of Westland. The largest economic sector is greenhouse horticulture. The largest flower auction site in the world, operated by FloraHolland, can be found in the nearby village of Honselersdijk.

Naaldwijk was previously a municipality in its own right, covering an area of 25.33 km² (of which 0.23 km² water). It included the towns Honselersdijk and Maasdijk.

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