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The former inn "King William"
Leersum is a Village in the Dutch province Utrecht. It is situated at the foot of a rolling hill which was formed during the last ice age. Big gletschers pushed the soil up in front of them, thus forming a hill. The hill is called 'Utrechtse Heuvelrug' and it is a national park since 2004. Large sections of the hills are covered with woods.
These woods almost disappeared by intensive logging in the early parts of the previous century. This turned the underlaying soil into sand which in its turn made it almost impossible to live there. Since 1928 however, replanting started. Nowadays a fully grown, well maintained 'forrest' is in place.

About 6500 inhabitats live in Leersum. The village is devided in to two sections, a high and a low part, separated by the mainroad 'Rijksstraatweg'.  One side is dominated by the fore mentioned hills and woods. The other side is flat land dominated by agriculture. The village has a nice little old center where you'll find a church (ca. 1500 AD) and a former inn. Nowadays the inn is a wine and liqorstore (slijterij) but it was origanally built as a court of law in 1690. Later it became an inn named "King William". The name change took place after king Willam III stayed here in 1697.

In January 2006 Leersum joined with surrounding communities (Maarn, Amerongen, Driebergen and Doorn) to form a new municipal: 'Gemeente Utrechtse Heuvelrug'.
Sunflower300 says:
Great photos. I love little towns like this one.
Posted on: Dec 08, 2007
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The former inn King William
The former inn "King William"
I can imagine why people call tree…
I can imagine why people call tre…
field with horses
field with horses
Lane with pollard-willows
Lane with pollard-willows
Lane with pollard-willows
Lane with pollard-willows
Behind the pollard-willows you can…
Behind the pollard-willows you ca…
farmhouse
farmhouse
Church tower
Church tower
Church (ca. 1500 AD)
Church (ca. 1500 AD)
reformed or protestant church
reformed or protestant church
Old graveyard
Old graveyard
Tree with treehouse
Tree with treehouse
Farm
Farm
Field
Field
I just love those tree-bordered la…
I just love those tree-bordered l…
Field
Field
Field
Field
Field with cows in the distance
Field with cows in the distance
Focus people, focus!
Focus people, focus!
Old farmhouse
Old farmhouse
Graveyard
Graveyard
I love the little heart in the door
I love the little heart in the door
meandering path
meandering path
Due to sandy soil, pine trees grow…
Due to sandy soil, pine trees gro…
Looks like a barcode
Looks like a barcode
the odd one out
'the odd one out'
pine trees in two sizes: very tall…
pine trees in two sizes: very tal…
Nice low autumn sun
Nice low autumn sun
I like bare branches
I like bare branches
the woods are scattered with littl…
the woods are scattered with litt…
leaf-covered wood lane
leaf-covered wood lane
Just cant get enough of those tre…
Just can't get enough of those tr…
bosbadlaantje
'bosbadlaantje'
crawling ivy
crawling ivy
ivy close up
ivy close up
sandy soil is also a good base for…
sandy soil is also a good base fo…
heathery hill
heathery hill
Hobbits home
Hobbits home
They call it the white house
They call it 'the white house'
gently rolling hills
gently rolling hills
Little houses like these are scatt…
Little houses like these are scat…
Former entrance to a castle
Former entrance to a castle
Birch hedge catching the sunlight
Birch hedge catching the sunlight
de Uilentoren (the owl tower) on t…
de Uilentoren (the owl tower) on …
detail of de Uilentoren (the owl t…
detail of de Uilentoren (the owl …
de Uilentoren (the owl tower) on t…
de Uilentoren (the owl tower) on …
climbing up the tower
climbing up the tower
the tower has very narrow steps
the tower has very narrow steps
looking down from de Uilentoren (t…
looking down from de Uilentoren (…
detail of de Uilentoren (the owl t…
detail of de Uilentoren (the owl …
view from de Uilentoren (the owl t…
view from de Uilentoren (the owl …
de Uilentoren (the owl tower) on t…
de Uilentoren (the owl tower) on …
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