The Ruhr district had
got a history before coal was found. Some towns oft our region
are about 1.000 or 2.000 years old.
The biggest part of the land was used for agriculture, but also
wide woods and moors in the near of the rivers made the impression
of the landscape. Wild horses found their home in the Emscher
region in former times. You can find horses on some town heraldic
signs of some towns.
Most people worked at farmes, but there were salesmen who were
driving with their horse coaches on the trading roads. Besides
them there were the noblemen who wanted to represent himself with
impressive castles and manor houses. Some of them needed a castle
to protect themselves to enemies. But there were also cruel criminal
knigths in our region.
Some salesmen got to become very rich because of the industrial
development. Now they could afford to do things like tne noblemen
- living in luxury.
There are still today about 3.000 castles and manor houses preserved
in the whole of Northrhine - Westphalia. I hope that I can present
still more of them to you in the next years, dear readers.