Brebières

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Brebières
Coat of arms of Brebières
Coat of arms
Brebières is located in France
Brebières
Brebières
Coordinates: 50°20′15″N 3°01′25″E / 50.3375°N 3.0236°E / 50.3375; 3.0236Coordinates: 50°20′15″N 3°01′25″E / 50.3375°N 3.0236°E / 50.3375; 3.0236
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Arras
Canton Vitry-en-Artois
Intercommunality Osartis
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Hecquet
Area
 • Land1 10.8 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 4,910
 • Population2 density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62173 / 62117
Elevation 25–48 m (82–157 ft)
(avg. 43 m or 141 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.

Brebières is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France.

Geography[edit]

A farming and light industrial town located 12 miles (19 km) east of Arras on the N50 road, at the junction with the D44 and D307, by the banks of the Scarpe river. A celebration of the potato takes place annually on the 1st Sunday in September.

History[edit]

  • Evidence of occupation from Merovingian times has been unearthed.
  • In 2008, during the creation of the 60 hectare Bèliers industrial zone, three important archaeological sites, once occupied by Gauls and Celts was discovered. Finds include the residue of iron smelting, glass beads, pottery and bones of both animals and humans.[1]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 3,424 —    
1968 4,238 +23.8%
1975 4,285 +1.1%
1982 4,307 +0.5%
1990 4,324 +0.4%
1999 4,424 +2.3%
2009 4,910 +11.0%

Sights[edit]

  • The church of St. Vaast, dating from the twentieth century.
  • The château de La Bucquière.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Voix du nord du 12 avril 2008

External links[edit]