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The first traces of settlement in the Waremme area date from the Neolithic period. In Roman times, a hamlet already existed there: "Villa Arnulfi" (Arnulf's Villa). The name of this hamlet evolved over time to become Waremme. In 1142, Henry III granted city rights to Waremme and it became an independent parish under Saint Lambert's protection. The town was then given as a fiefdom by Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut to his sister Margaret I and her husband Otto II von Botenlauben in 1217; they built their castle on the right bank of River Geer at its confluence with River Jeker (Dutch: Jeker) which gave birth to its name ("Borgworm" = Castle Worm).