Chièvres

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For the lord of Chièvres, advisor to Emperor Charles V, see: William de Croÿ.
Chièvres
Municipality of Belgium
The Hôtel de Croÿ and St Martin's church
The Hôtel de Croÿ and St Martin's church
Flag of Chièvres
Flag
Coat of arms of Chièvres
Coat of arms
Chièvres is located in Belgium
Chièvres
Chièvres
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°35′N 03°48′E / 50.583°N 3.800°E / 50.583; 3.800Coordinates: 50°35′N 03°48′E / 50.583°N 3.800°E / 50.583; 3.800
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Ath
Government
 • Mayor Michel Miroir (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, MR
Area
 • Total 46.91 km2 (18.11 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)[1]
 • Total 6,666
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Postal codes 7950, 7951
Area codes 068
Website www.chievres.be

Chièvres is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006 Chièvres had a total population of 6,198. The total area is 46.91 km² which gives a population density of 132 inhabitants per km². Chièvres Air Base is located in the municipality.

The 12th-century chapel of St John the Baptist

In 1918 the town was delivered by the 5th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders from four years of military occupation during the First World War. The event was commemorated by the naming of one of the town's main streets as Rue Dudley Gordon after the battalion's Lieutenant-Colonel, the Lord Dudley Gordon, who was presented with the key to the town of Chièvres. In return, a present was made to the town of the flag under which the 5th Battalion had fought since 1915.[2]

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