|Intercommunality||Terre des deux caps|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Roger Tourret|
|• Land1||5.72 km2 (2.21 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||120/km2 (320/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||62056 / 62164|
|Elevation||0–114 m (0–374 ft)
(avg. 30 m or 98 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.
The commune covers about 2000 acres (8 km²) of cultivated lands, two beaches, and seashore cliffs. In the 12th century it was known as Oderzelle.
Between the end of English occupation in 1558 and the middle of the 17th century, Audresselles seigneury included Haringzelle hamlet; today, this is now a forest hiding the former German artillery batteries of Audinghen. This seigneury was owned by the Acary family, which gave some admirals to the French fleet and from whom most of the borough fishermen are descended.
An old fishers village, Audresselles has kept its characteristic features: its long houses with a colored strip along the lower part of the walls, in the village center, and somme villas of the "Belle Époque" in front of the English Channel. Professional fishing families still live in Audresselles, and one of them uses the village sand beach to land its ship. The traditional flobarts (little trunkated drakkars) are still used by the holiday yachtsmen.
- The Church of Saint John the Baptist, fortified, 12th century, with large canvas of the Second Empire painted in the Catholic workhalls of father Jacques Paul Migne by Arthur Gilbert and a little 18th century reredos.
- Saint-John farm (beginning of the 17th century);
- The coaching inn, rue Édouard Quénu (eighteenth century).
- The panoramic allée Maurice Boitel
Beach and dune fauna
The town has given its name to the blue European lobster.
Some black-headed seals have settled down in the creeks behind the village since July 2006 and dislike to be disturbed, following the swimmers to the beach. Also present are Orcas (killer whales), pilot whales, dolphins and porpoises.
- Robert Beauvais, writer and journalist
- Albert Besson, bactériologist
- Maurice Boitel, painter
- Carolus-Duran, painter
- Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, painter
- Arthur Gilbert, English painter. Paintings of him can be seen in the choir of the church;
- Philippe de Hauteclocque said Leclerc, marshal of France
- Edmond Marin la Meslée, aviator
- Jean Quenu, surgeon
- Catherine Destivelle, alpinist
- Andreas Dilthey, architect
- Henri Dutilleux, composer
- Marc Ashmann, composer, musician, writer, cook
- Frederic Colier, filmmaker, playwright, novelist, and musician
- INSEE commune file
- "Audresselles, éléments d'une histoire", éd. Association Mémoire d'Audresselles
by Daniel Leunens.
- "Rivages boulonnais", éd. Association Mémoire d'Audresselles, by Olivier Lazzarotti (December 2006).
- "Nobiliaire de Picardie", page 1, written in 1698 by Jérôme Bignon.
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