8. Schwenderbach

The Schwenderbach rises between the neighboring communities of Fockenberg-Limbach and Reuschbach and marks the boundary to the neighboring villages along its course. In the 16th century, at least three different names can be found in the archives for the upper reaches: Gabelnwiesenbach, Pfaffenbach and Inzenbach, while the middle and lower reaches have always been called “Schwennerbach”, which means “Schwenderbach” in German.
Like the name of the district of Schwanden, the name is derived from the Middle High German verb „swenden“ – to free from undergrowth. The farmers had an increasing need for pasture and farmland and so they wrested more and more space from the forest.