Audruicq

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Audruicq
Audruicq is located in France
Audruicq
Audruicq
Coordinates: 50°52′47″N 2°04′53″E / 50.8797°N 2.0814°E / 50.8797; 2.0814Coordinates: 50°52′47″N 2°04′53″E / 50.8797°N 2.0814°E / 50.8797; 2.0814
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Audruicq
Intercommunality Région d'Audruicq
Government
 • Mayor Nicole Chevalier
Area
 • Land1 14.44 km2 (5.58 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 4,741
 • Population2 density 330/km2 (850/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62057 / 62370
Elevation 3–22 m (9.8–72.2 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 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.

Audruicq (in Dutch: Ouderwijk) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.

Geography[edit]

A town located 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Calais, at the junction of the D224 with the D309 road.

History[edit]

Baldwin II, Count of Flanders named it a city in 1175, rebuilding the castle and converting the surrounding marshland to tillable soil. After continuously changing authority between the 13th century and the 17th century, Audruicq finally became a French town after the Peace of Nijmegen in 1678.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 3,388 —    
1968 3,606 +6.4%
1975 3,616 +0.3%
1982 4,078 +12.8%
1990 4,586 +12.5%
1999 4,555 −0.7%
2009 4,741 +4.1%

Sights[edit]

  • The eighteenth-century church of St. Martin.
  • The eighteenth-century château.

Personalities[edit]

  • Gilbert Brazy: Born at Audruicq on 15 February 1902. A pilot, he disappeared, flying a "Latham47" in the Arctic in 1928 with Roald Amundsen.1

International relations[edit]

Audruicq is twinned with: England Hawkhurst in Kent, England, since 1998.

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