Frechen (DE)

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Frechen is a town ( (52,439 inhabitants end 2019) in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Frechen was first mentioned in 877. It is situated at the western Cologne city border.

It is the site of the 1257 Battle of Frechen between Conrad von Hochstaden, Archbishop of Cologne and the people of the town. In the 16th century it acquired a name for its terra cotta artifacts, especially the "Bartmannskrug" (beardman jug). Later in the 18th century lignite was first industrially mined. Digging for lignite dominated the city's economy until the end of the 20th century. In 1891 the first briquette factory was opened. On 2 September 1951 Frechen received its city-rights including the villages of Bachem, Hücheln and Buschbell. On 1 January 1975 the nearby villages of Grefrath, Habbelrath, Königsdorf and Neufreimersdorf were also incorporated.

Postmarks in Germany

It has the contemporary postal code of 50226.

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Special Event Postmarks

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Sonderstempel FRECHEN 1.Briefmarkenaustellung 9.11.47.-12 depicting ceramic jug with bearded man's head.


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Historically, [a District] in the Rhineland province of Prussia.

Allied Occupied Germany

Frechen belonged to RPD Köln, PLZ 22 (22b after March 1946, 22c after October 1946) in the British Zone of occupation.


Postmarks in German Empire

Bridge in 1920

Postmarks in North German Confederation (1868-1871)

Postmarks in Prussia Rhineland province

FRECHEN Kreis Cöln used the code 428, District of Cöln.