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Auchel

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Country  France
Department  Pas-de-Calais
Intercommunality  Artois
Area  6 km²
Local time  Wednesday 10:45 AM
Team  CS Pogoń Auchel
Region  Hauts-de-France
Canton  Auchel
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Population  11,392 (1999)
Arrondissement  Béthune
Auchel
Weather  8°C, Wind SW at 24 km/h, 79% Humidity

Auchel (Picard: Auchez) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region in northern France.

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Map of 62260 Auchel, France

Geography

An ex-mining town, nowadays a light industrial & farming commune, situated 8 miles (12.9 km) southwest of Béthune and 34 miles (54.7 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D183 and the D183E roads.

History

Following the discovery of coal deposits in the area in 1851, the town grew as the demand for coal increased in France. This old mining town had close to 15,000 inhabitants in the 1950s.
The coal recession in the late 1960s lead to a constant decline in population, despite the efforts of the municipality to attract and keep people here during and after the recession.

Population

The inhabitants are called Auchellois.

Sights

  • The church of St. Martin, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • A museum about coal mining.
  • International relations

    Auchel is twinned with:

  • West Malling, in the county of Kent, England.
  • Iserlohn, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
  • Personalities

    Auchel is the birthplace of:

  • Augustin Lesage, French spiritualist artist. Lesage is one of the most fascinating figures associated with Art Brut
  • Fred Personne, actor
  • Xavier Beauvois, actor, director and screenwriter.
  • Pierre Laigle, football player
  • References

    Auchel Wikipedia


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