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Evangelische Kirche Lenzen

Protestantic church in Lenzen (Polish: Łęczno)

The ancestors of my grandmother (fathers side) with the family name Kath, Weske, Labrenz, Treichel, Schwanten, Dilgen, Janke and Jesken came from Pomerania. More precisely they came from near of  Karlino (German Körlin). Today it is politically part of Poland. Otto Paul Emil Kath from Lenzen married 1898 Ida Diebold from Eichstetten in Baden, which is in southwest of Germany. The family setteled there in Eichstetten. See also at Otto Paul Emil Kath (# 10). 

Until now there are four villages known, where the families came from: Lenzen, Grüssow, Dassow and Alt Marrin.

 

It took a while until I localized these villages as some of them are quite small and old maps are not available with a good scale. All four villages are located in the county Western Pomerania (Województwo Zachodniopomorskie) and they are located quite narrow. and in the near of Belgard. Lenzen and Grüssow located south of the E6 and  Dassow and Alt.Marrin noth of that streeet.

With a journey to Poland it was able for me to visit all that villages. The area is very nice and dominated by agriculture. It is penetrated by oak-lined avenues and bigger forrests. Mainly fields of grain and meadows you will find. The surrounding is slightly hilly. The sandy ground is perfect for grain and potatoes. The wood deliveres in autumn mushrooms and blueberries which you can buy everywhere along the roads during this period. Industrial comapanies you will see only in cities. It seem that the people live from agriculture only out of the cities.

The price nivea is beneath that of Germany. Especially to go out for lunch or dinner is much cheaper (as there is a restaurant at all). Near of the sea it is possible to buy very good and fresh fish. direct from marine. Mainly codfisch and flat fisch, like plaice or sole. Sometimes also herring or salmon.    


Lenzen (Łęczno):  
latitude: 53°58'2.74"N
longitude: 15°57'1.72"E

Is the biggest of those four villages. The numbers of inhabitants is not easy to estimate. Maybe something around 300 people.

The town has a nice, formidable church which is aligned to the east from the 15./16. century. As far as I understand from the interiour the brick-builded church, it will be used nowerdays as a katholic church. It was protestantic in former days. Unfortunately the church was closed with a massive mesh. I ws able to make pictures but only from outside. I coukld not find a pastor. The church itself and the churchyard is totally unadorned beside of a sstatue of Maria, chich is quite new. 

Interesting the sign at the external wall of the church. The pulpit and altar are old and from 1st half 17. century. 

At the churchyard there were surely graves in the past. This can be seen at the slightly waved ground. Now there is grass growing. Around the churchyard there are placed many old trees. They are obvisouly from 19th or 18th century. 

Around the church there are many old houses. Mostly farms. Some of them are semi-derelict, some of them are renovated. The basic fabric can be dated before the second world war. This is similar to many rually small towns. Sidewalks are not existent. But the streets are mostly paved. From time to time there can be found cobblestone pavements.

The small town is characterized by agrigerian. Industrial companies are inexistent. Around the town there are bigger fields. Growing mostly gain. Different streets meet in the town. But no main street. The streets are mostly avenues with old trees. 

In the church there happened 1850 the marriage of my grand-grand parents August Ludwig Kath from Lenzen and Wilhelmine Karoline Weske from Alt Marrin.

Grüssow (Gruszewo):
latitude:  53°56'49.16"N
longitude:  15°57'32.03"E
Small village 3 km south of Lenzen with around 10 to 15 buildings. All buildings are, more or less, located at the main street. The main street is paved. No sidewalks. People walkin on streets. Also very rural. 
Dassow (Daszewo):
latitude:  54° 4'40.69"N
longitude:  15°52'51.04"E
Dassow is across the east-west axis E6 which connects Stettin with Danzig, 20 north of Lenzen.

Also this village is very rural. Some buildings are around. Maybe 150 people are living there. Problably there was an estate in former days. Some of the buildings are in very bad conditions or already ruined.

In the near of the next bigger street, 2 km off the village, there is a big industrial company. Maybe a paper mill. In Dassow directly there are no companies or mom-and-pop stores.
Alt Marrin (Mierzyn):
latitude: 54° 6'47.27"N
longitude:  15°52'55.25"E
From Dasso there are only 3,5 km north to Alt Marrin. In between there is a small branch to Neumarrin.

Altmarrin is a junction of 5 or 6 streets. But all looks very introspectively. People walking along the street, children are playing on the roadside. Houses and greens are partly in very good conditions, sometimes not. Also the structure of the buildings is mixed. Some are old, some buildings are from 2nd half of 20th century. But those are very well-kept.

There is a church in  Alt Marrin. But this is a catholic church, which was built in the 2nd half of 19th century. In former times the whole region was protestantic. I have not seen an older, protestantic church. But there must be one once, as Altmarrin had an own parish. And an ancestor of mine, Pagel Wilhelm Welske from Dassow, married 1810 in Altmarrin her wife Dorothea Regina Treichel from Marrin.

Impressions: Lenzen
Lenzen Ortsschild
Lenzen, town sign
Lenzen2
Lenzen from the east
Lenzen2
Lenzen from the east
Lenzen
Lenzen, main street
Lenzen
Lenzen, farmstead
Lenzen
Lenzen, street around the church
Kirche Lenzen
Lenzen, chirch from the south
Tafel an Kirche
Lenzen, sign at the church
Kirche Lenzen
Lenzen, church from the north
Lenzen Kirchhof
Lenzen, churchyard
Lenzen Kirche
Lenzen, entrance of the church
Lenzen Kirche
Lenzen, church, sacristy
Lenzen Kirchhof
Lenzen, entrance of the church
Lenzen Kirchhof
Lenzen, churchyard, statue of the Virgin Mary
Lenzen Kirche Interieur
Lenzen, Church, interieur
Lenzen Kirchturm
Lenzen, in the church tower
Lenzen Hauptstraße
Lenzen, main street
Lenzen vom Kirchhof
Lenzen, main street from the churchyard
Bahnübergang bei Lenzen
Railroad crossing near Lenzen
Lenzen alter Baum auf dem Kirchhof
Lenzen, old tree at the churchyard

Impressions: Grüssow

Grüssow
Grüssow, town sign
Grüssow
Main street in Grüssow
Grüssow
Main street in Grüssow
Grüssow
Old farm house in Grüssow
Bei Grüssow
Avenue between Grüssow and Belgard

Impressions: Dassow

Dassow
Dassow, town entrance on main street from the south
Dassow
Dassow, main street
Dassow
Dassow from northside
Dassow
First farm house in Dassow from northside on the right.
Dassow
First farm house in Dassow from northside on the right.

Impressions: Alt Marrin

Altmarrin Ortsschild
Alt Marrin, town sign
Altmarrin
Alt Marrin
Altmarrin
Alt Marrin, at the church
Alrmarrin Kirche
Church in Alt Marrin
Altmarrin
Sign at the church of Alt Marrin
Kirche Altmarrin
Entrance of the church in Alt Marrin
Kirche Altmarrin Interieur
In the church of Alt Marrin
Kirche Altmarrin Interieur
Sanctuary of the church in Alt Marrin

Kirche Altmarrin Interieur

In the church of Alt Marrin


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