Aa river, its banks shored up with heavy rubble
|Intercommunality||Pays de Lumbres|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Jean-Pierre Decobert|
|Area1||9.9 km2 (3.8 sq mi)|
|• Density||390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||62534 / 62380|
|Elevation||35–133 m (115–436 ft)
(avg. 47 m or 154 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.
Lumbres is an industrial town built on former marshes at the crossroads of the valleys of the rivers Aa and Bléquin, some 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Saint-Omer, at the junction of the D342 and D225 road. The commune is now by-passed by the N42. The landscape is marred by the vast quarries and the huge chimney of the cement works.
|Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates|
Evidence of prehistoric occupation, at the place known as the Montagne de Lumbres has been discovered by. Dr. Pontier and Canon Collet, of the abbey of Wisques, who were the first to study the prehistory of the area, including Arques, Elnes and Wavrans.
Because of its industrial importance, and proximity to fortified V2 sites, the commune suffered heavily from Allied bombing during World War II.
Places of interest
- The church of St.Sulpice, dating from the seventeenth century.
- The fourteenth century Château d'Acquembronne.
- Old watermills.
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