Godewaersvelde

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Godewaersvelde
Coat of arms of Godewaersvelde
Coat of arms
Godewaersvelde is located in France
Godewaersvelde
Godewaersvelde
Coordinates: 50°47′41″N 2°38′39″E / 50.7947°N 2.6442°E / 50.7947; 2.6442Coordinates: 50°47′41″N 2°38′39″E / 50.7947°N 2.6442°E / 50.7947; 2.6442
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Dunkerque
Canton Steenvoorde
Intercommunality Monts de Flandres - Plaine de la Lys
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Antoine Vermeulen
Area1 11.89 km2 (4.59 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,893
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59262 / 59270
Elevation 27–163 m (89–535 ft)
(avg. 41 m or 135 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.

Godewaersvelde is a commune in the Nord department in northern France, near the Belgium border.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Godewaersvelde
The arms of Godewaersvelde are blazoned :
Barry gules and vair.



Etymology[edit]

The name of the commune means "Godafritha's Heath" or "Godefried Fields". British soldiers called it "God" during the First World War. A popular story claims that Godewaersvelde means "God bless our fields", but it appears to be unfounded, and is dismissed by linguists and historians.

  • 1295-1296: Gaudefroit camp
  • 1300: Godeverdesvelde
  • 1318: Godefroichamp[1]

Location[edit]

Godewaersvelde is located in northern France along the Belgian border and is in the heart of Flanders, less than half an hour from Lille and Dunkirk. It is one of nine municipalities in the canton of Steenvoorde. Godewaersvelde covers 1189 hectares or nearly 12 square kilometers and is crossed by several county roads: the R & D 948 which connects at the A25 interchange in Poperinge, 139 R & D that leads to Boeschèpe and Eecke, DR 18, which connects Route Méteren to Poperinge.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sources: Jozef van Overstraeten1 see also La Voix du Nord, News / Hazebrouck / Page 4 / Article 2 Edition Sunday, April 24, 2005