Hurdegaryp was not always situated at the current location. The name Hurdegaryp according to the Encyclopedia of Friesland could mean: the hard area on a narrow strip of land, in Latin: ripa, in French: rive. The strip of land was located at the road called 'Zomerweg' (Summer way), south of the current village. The 'Zomerweg' was part the road connecting Leeuwarden to Groningen. At the spot where now the skating complex 'It Koopmansboskje' is situated, stood a thirteenth century church built up from 'kloostermoppen', typical medieval bricks, with a saddle roof. The street name 'Preesterlânswei' is the only thing that brings to mind the landed property of the old church. In the course of the seventeenth and eighteenth century the village moved the north. In 1711 the building of the present church at the 'Rijksstraatweg'. A number of tomb stones from the old church were built in the inner wall of the entry of the new church. Most of the population of Hurdegaryp was working in the agricultural sector. However, the village owes its progress mainly to the (low) peat lands surrounding it. In the book 'Wandelingen van mijnen oud-oom den opzigter' (Walks of my great-uncle the overseer) - written in 1841 by M. de Haan-Hettema and published by W. Eekhof in Leeuwarden - Hurdegaryp is described as: 'A fairly long region of houses with a church in the middle' and walking along the 'Slagtepad' the writer observes: 'This narrow foot path, on both sides separated by a ditch from the with pools and swamps filled reed field, offered nothing worth watching.' In 1830 the 'Zwarteweg', constructed from 1528 to 1531, was extended as state highway to Groningen. This 'Grinzer Strjitwei', also called 'Grutte Strjitwei', made Hurdegaryp to what it is now, in the positive as well as the negative sense.

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