|Canton||Hazebrouck-Nord & Hazebrouck-Sud|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Pierre Allossery|
|• Land1||26.2 km2 (10.1 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||59295 / 59190|
|Elevation||17–66 m (56–217 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 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.
Hazebrouck (Dutch: Hazebroek) is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Hazebrouck in Flanders was a small market town before it became an important railway junction in the 1860s. West Flemish was the usual popular language used in the town until 1880. At that time French was taught at school by mandate of the French government in an effort to "Frenchify" the people of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais and to extinguish their Flemish roots. The development of the railways linked Hazebrouck to Lille to Calais and Dunkirk.
Hazebrouck's town hall was built in the 19th century and the oldest monument of the town is St Eloi's church. During the two world wars Hazebrouck was an important military target. Many British soldiers are buried in the cemeteries around the town. In the town museum, which was originally a chapel and friary of the Augustines, visitors can see the Hazebrouck's giants: Roland, Tijse-Tajse, Toria and Babe-Tajse; a collection of Flemish and French paintings and a traditional Flemish kitchen.
Hazebrouck is twinned with the market town of Faversham in Kent, United Kingdom.
- A private Chapel which is now part of College Saint-Jacques can now be visited. This old College was an English hospital during the first world war and a twinning is still active in 2008 with Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Faversham (Kent). School exchanges take place every year and are very beneficial to all who attend.
|The arms of Hazebrouck are blazoned :
Argent, a lion sable langued gules, holding an inescutcheon Or charged with a 'coney courant bendwise proper.
The town enjoys excellent rail connections, with frequent daily services to Lille and Paris, some by High Speed Line. There is a small international airport, concentrating on business flights, at Merville-Calonne just 12 kilometre / 8 miles away. There is good access to the national Autoroute network connecting Hazebrouck with Dunkirk and Lille and, less directly, Arras, Paris, Calais and Brussels.
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