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Fischerhude history

Before the Christian era, Fischerhude was an important consolidated landing stage at the Wuemme river, used as transshipment for goods to and from Bremen City eastwards up to Hamburg area. That time this place was called Widagheshude.
It was first mentioned documentarily in year 1124 by Pope Calixtus II, to impose road toll there for the monastery in Rastede on behalf of the archdiocese Cologne.
From 1195 up to Reformation, there was a self-supporting hermitage of Carmelite monks and a chapel which became consecrated as suffragan church later.
In 1288, Bishop Giselbert of Bremen determined again that all transportation on the Wuemme river was allowed to Widagheshude people only, to ensure the revenue.
Around 1290, the Knight of Ritterhude renamed the place Widagheshude in Fischerhude, obviously because of its great fish fortune especially on eels.
In addition to the given transportation monopoly and the available fish fortune, Fischerhude farmers had lush meadows for productive stock farming; furthermore, they could use the nearby Teufelsmoor moorland for getting heating-peat, and the fertile fringes of that moor for growing rye and wheat, and the oak wooded hills nearby as controlled run out for their domestic pigs.
In the subsequent centuries, Fischerhude became a very prosperous village; nevertheless its farmers remained hard-working and thrifty, God-fearing, and faithful to their Lutheran belief.
In the end of the 19th Century, artists and painters were attracted by this village, and so Fischerhude became known as the village of tolerant farmers and open-minded artists.
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