Junne

Junne

Junne is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. It is a part of the municipality of Ommen, and lies about 22 km northwest of Almelo.

The statistical area "Junne", which also can include the surrounding countryside, has a population of around 60. According to the municipality of Ommen, Junne has 94 inhabitants as of January 1, 2006.

The Vecht river is navigable straight from Zwolle until the weir at Junne. On the banks of the Vecht lies the Junner Koeland (Junne Cowlands) nature reserve, which has a unique ecosystem of river dunes and grasslands and is now managed by the National Forest Service.

History

Junne is an old buurschap or semi-autonomous hamlet ruled communally by neighbouring freeman farmers. Situated at a curve in the meandering Vecht river, Junne's alluvial soil was much more fertile and arable than the surrounding bogs and moors.

However, during the Batavian Republic of the early 19th century the state apparatus became much more centralised and municipalities were introduced, causing the buurschap Junne gradually to lose much of its autonomy over the decades that followed. Its communal grounds eventually became the private property of the Lüps in 1872, until Baron Bentinck tot Buckhorst from neighbouring Beerze obtained them in 1932.

The forests of Junne and most farms are now owned by the Delta Lloyd insurance company. Delta Loyd obtained them in 2006 from its legal predecessor, Amstleven, who had in turn bought them from Baron Bentick tot Buckhorst. Some farms and houses are still privately owned, however.

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