Auchel

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Auchel
Auchel - Cités de la fosse n° 3 - 3 bis - 3 ter des mines de Marles (004).JPG
Coat of arms of Auchel
Coat of arms
Auchel is located in France
Auchel
Auchel
Coordinates: 50°30′31″N 2°28′28″E / 50.5086°N 2.4744°E / 50.5086; 2.4744Coordinates: 50°30′31″N 2°28′28″E / 50.5086°N 2.4744°E / 50.5086; 2.4744
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Auchel
Intercommunality Artois
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Richard Jarrett
Area1 6 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 11,204
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62048 / 62260
Elevation 68–157 m (223–515 ft)
(avg. 99 m or 325 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.

Auchel is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in norther France.

Geography[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

The inhabitants are called Auchellois.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 13,770 —    
1968 14,091 +2.3%
1975 13,329 −5.4%
1982 12,535 −6.0%
1990 11,813 −5.8%
1999 11,392 −3.6%
2009 11,204 −1.7%

Sights[edit]

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

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Auchel is twinned with:

Personalities[edit]

Auchel is the birthplace of:

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