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Location address: Deutschland, Hildesheim
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Wesseln is a village with a long history in the northern part of the borough of Bad Salzdetfurth in Lower Saxony, Germany. It lies on the River Lamme, a tributary of the Innerste. The village has a railway station served by the Lamme Valley Railway .
Wesseln was first mentioned in records as Westenem in 1146. Later, the village was also called Westheim. In a document written in 1215, Henricus sacerdote de Westene, the priest of Wesseln, was mentioned as a witness in a trial. In the 16th century, Wesseln ceased to be an independent parish and became part of the parish of nearby Detfurth where the Reformation was not introduced. Originally Protestants were not allowed to settle in Wesseln and Detfurth. Wesseln had a small gothic chapel on the right bank of the Lamme where the priest from Detfurth held regular services. When the number of inhabitants increased in the 19th century, the chapel proved to be too small. A church was built on the left bank of the Lamme in 1853-55, and the old chapel was used as a stable and barn until it burnt down in 1905.