Acquin-Westbécourt

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Acquin-Westbécourt
Coat of arms of Acquin-Westbécourt
Coat of arms
Acquin-Westbécourt is located in France
Acquin-Westbécourt
Acquin-Westbécourt
Coordinates: 50°43′41″N 2°05′24″E / 50.7281°N 2.09°E / 50.7281; 2.09Coordinates: 50°43′41″N 2°05′24″E / 50.7281°N 2.09°E / 50.7281; 2.09
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Lumbres
Intercommunality Pays de Lumbres
Government
 • Mayor Hubert Maillot
Area
 • Land1 14.29 km2 (5.52 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 678
 • Population2 density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62008 / 62380
Elevation 60–178 m (197–584 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Acquin-Westbécourt is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.

Geography[edit]

A village, located 9 miles (15 km) west of Saint-Omer, at the D225 and D208 crossroads. Seven hamlets are found within the commune: Le val d'Acquin, Lauwerdal, Nordal, Le Poovre, Westbécourt, Merzoil et and La Wattine. A large national nature reserve has been created in the area, of great ecological interest.[1]

History[edit]

First mentioned by the name of "Atcona" in the 10th century. Acquin and Westbécourt were joined as a single commune on 1 January 1974.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 626 —    
1968 639 +2.1%
1975 571 −10.6%
1982 559 −2.1%
1990 617 +10.4%
1999 625 +1.3%
2009 678 +8.5%

Sights[edit]

  • The church of St.Pétronille, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • The church of St.Eloi at Westbécourt, dating from the Middle Ages.

See also[edit]

Communes of the Pas-de-Calais department

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000018217161&dateTexte Décret n° 2008-219 du 5 mars 2008 créant la réserve naturelle nationale de la grotte et des pelouses d'Acquin-Westbécourt et des coteaux de Wavrans-sur-l'Aa (Pas-de-Calais)

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