Gennebreck, reformed church: Kirche Herzkamp
|• Mayor||Klaus Walterscheid (SPD)|
|• Total||47.78 km2 (18.45 sq mi)|
|Elevation||219 m (719 ft)|
|• Density||520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)|
|Dialling codes||02339, 02324, 0202|
Sprockhövel is located in the southern suburban part of the Ruhr area. It is 6 km southeast of Hattingen, 8 km northwest of Gevelsberg, 13 km south of Bochum and 14 km northeast of Wuppertal (centre).
The town consists of the Stadtteile Gennebreck, Haßlinghausen, Hiddinghausen, Niedersprockhövel, Niederstüter and Obersprockhövel.
The town was first mentioned in documents around 1000 AD. It was part of the County of Mark, but close to the Duchy of Berg, whose cultural influence is still visible today in the historical part of town. The current administration of Sprockhövel is a result of the local government reform on 1 January 1975.
Sprockhövel is twinned with South Kirkby, West Yorkshire.
- Hans Käseberg (SPD) 1970–1999
- Paul Gerhard Flasdieck (SPD) 1999–2004
- Klaus Walterscheid (SPD) (* 1946), 2004–2014
- Ulrich Winkelmann (* 1957), since 2014
Honorary citizens and personalitiesEdit
- Mathilde Franziska Anneke, (1817-1884), women's rights activist
- Henriette Davidis, (1801-1876), house economist and author
- Dietrich Grönemeyer, (born 1952), physician and brother of Herbert Grönemeyer
- The Industrialist Paul Pleiger (1899-1985), lived for many years with his family in Sprockhövel
- Dirk Schrade, versatile rider, (born 1978), has been living in the Haßlinghausen district since 2009
- Erwin Sellering, (born 1949), Minister President of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern since 2008 (SPD)
- "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.