Canadian National Vimy Memorial
|Intercommunality||Communaupole de Lens-Liévin|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Robert Mieloch|
|• Land1||5.95 km2 (2.30 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||340/km2 (890/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||62371 / 62580|
|Elevation||48–148 m (157–486 ft)
(avg. 97 m or 318 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.
Givenchy-en-Gohelle is a large farming village situated 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Arras, at the junction of the D51 and the D55 roads. Its neighboring communes are Souchez to the west, Angres to the northwest, Liévin to the north, Avion to the east and Vimy to the southeast.
The Bois de Givenchy or Givenchy Forest, covers much of the commune on its northern side. To further the agricultural range of products, the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle have planted grapes (chardonnay and pinot gris). The first grape harvest took place in 2000.
|From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
Places of interest
- The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is the most significant Canadian monument to the members of its armed forces who died during the First World War. It is located within the territory of the commune of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, scene of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The memorial is on land that was given to Canada by the French "freely and for all time".
- The church of St. Martin, dating from the seventeenth century.
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian memorial and cemeteries.
- The CWGC burials in the churchyard
- The CWGC cemetery at Souchez
- The Vimy Memorial on the CWGC site
- Givenchy-en-Gohelle on the Quid website (French)
- The local winegrowers' website (French)
- Official commune website (French)
- Regional website (French)
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