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City of Sehnde
Wappen von Wehmingen

Coordinates 52° 17′ 45″ N, 9° 56′ 2″ O

Height: 75 m above sea level
Residents: 689 (Dec.1, 2020)[1]
Incorporation: 1.March 1974
Zip code: 31319
Area code: 05138
The location of Wehmingen in the urban area of Sehnde

Wehmingen is a district of the city of Sehnde, southeast of Hanover.


The oldest preserved document mentioning Wehmingen dates back to 1240.

Fires in the summer of 1857 in Bolzum and Wehmingen damaged many citizens.[2] About half of all buildings were affected. In the press organ Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung und Anzeiger of Tuesday, August 25, 1857, the report read:

“Yesterday afternoon 3 ½ o’clock the northern horizon of the city was surrounded by dense clouds of smoke and one concluded from this that there was a strong fire in the area of Algermissen. Today we received the sad news from an eyewitness that the fire raged in Bolzum and Wehmingen, Amts Ruthe, and consumed 14 farms and the synagogue in the first place, while the latter was burned down to about a third. The fire started in Bolzum, allegedly by children playing with matches, and was spread to Wehmingen, barely a quarter of an hour away, by flung bacon sides.”

A collection was made in Sarstedt for the aggrieved. The collection yielded an amount of 250 talers, half of which was handed over to the communities.[3]

On 1 March 1974, the municipality of Wehmingen, which belonged to the district of Hildesheim-Marienburg, was incorporated into the municipality, now the town of Sehnde.[4]


The mayor of the village is René Bettels (SPD).[5]

Culture and sights

Ev. Church

  • In 1865, the journal of the Historical Society of Lower Saxony says about the church in Wehmingen: “190: Kirche zu Wehmingen. The present church, built from 1798 to 1799, 65 feet long, 37 feet wide, has plain rubble stone walls, a whitewashed ceiling, and on the western end of the roof a small tower. – Church records since 1730.”[6]
  • The well-preserved former water tower of Wehmingen is a listed building and is now used privately.[7]
  • On the site of the former Hohenfels potash mine and Bundeswehr base in Wehmingen, the Hanover Tramway Museum is run privately and on a voluntary basis.[8]


Economy and infrastructure

Water tower Wehmingen

Potash mining was the most important branch of industry for many decades. The first potash mine was sunk in 1896 in Hohenfels, which today belongs to Wehmingen, and mining began in 1902. Although mining here ceased in 1927, potash for fertilizer and road salt production was mined in the core town of Sehnde and in the district of Ilten until the 1990s. An affiliated fertilizer and road salt factory is still in operation. Wehmingen has a bus stop in the direction of Sehnde and a bus stop in the direction of Bemerode.


  • Wolfgang Leonhardt: Hannoversche Geschichten: Reports from different parts of the city. Norderstedt 2009/2010, p. 105, ISBN 978-3-8391-5437-3
  • NN: Festschrift volunteer fire brigade Wehmingen 1902 to 2002. Sehnde 2002

Web links

Individual references

  1. NUMBERS – DATA –, retrieved 27 January 2021.
  2. Matthias Blazek: Das Löschwesen im Bereich des ehemaligen Fürstentums Lüneburg von den Anfängen bis 1900, Adelheidsdorf 2006, p. 222, ISBN 978-3-00-019837-3.
  3. NN, 125 Jahre Freiwillige Feuerwehr Sarstedt – Eine Chronik über 125 Jahre, Sarstedt 2005, p. 15.
  4. Federal Statistical Office (ed.): Historisches Gemeindeverzeichnis für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Name, boundary and key number changes in municipalities, districts and administrative districts from 27. 5. 1970 to 31. 12. 1982. W. Kohlhammer GmbH, Stuttgart/Mainz 1983, ISBN 3-17-003263-1, p. 223.
  5. Stadt Sehnde Council Information System – Ortsrat, retrieved 27 January 2021.
  6. Zeitschrift des Historischen Vereins für Niedersachsen, Jahrgang 1864, Herausgegeben unter Leitung des Vereins-Ausschusses, Hannover 1865, p. 340.
  7. Industrial culture Wehmingen
  8. Tram Museum