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Bruay la Buissière

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Country  France
Region  Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Area  23,621
Mayor  Alain Wacheux

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Bruay-la-Buissière is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region in northern France.


Map of Bruay-la-Buissière

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Bruay la Buissiere in the past, History of Bruay la Buissiere

A former coalmining town some 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Béthune and 30 miles (48.3 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D57 and the N47 roads.



With four coal mines, it was the headquarters of the mining company. The coal mines closed during the 1960s, to be replaced by light industrial work and chemical factories. In April 1972 the murder of miner's daughter Brigitte Dewevre became a politicized event when Pierre Leroy, a local middle-class lawyer associated with the local mining company, was arrested: La Cause du Peuple, the paper of the Maoist Gauche prolétarienne, publicized the case with the headline 'Bruay: And Now They Are Massacring Our Children!'

The two places of Bruay-en-Artois and La Buissiere were joined as one commune in 1987.


  • The Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), 47 m tall built in 1927. The windows recount scenes from the lives of miners.
  • The Art Deco swimming pool, built in 1936 (the last remaining Art Deco pool open to the public)
  • The Museum of mining.
  • The Church of Saint Martin, dating from the fifteenth century, was expanded and renovated in 1974.
  • Ballencourt manor in La Buissière, was built in 1777. Partially renovated, it now hosts the music school.
  • The donjon of the castle of La Buissière, built in 1310 by Mahaut, Countess of Artois.
  • The church at La Buissière, presently closed to the public for renovation work.
  • The Velodrome at La Buissière built by the Bruay Mining Co., in 1925.
  • The Museum of calculation and Scripture. Traces the history of writing and calculating machines such as the Enigma German coding machine.
  • References

    Bruay-la-Buissière Wikipedia

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