Stone marking the limit of the German advance in World War I
|Intercommunality||Communauté urbaine d'Arras|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Zéchel|
|• Land1||9.26 km2 (3.58 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||56/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||62582 / 62118|
|Elevation||52–113 m (171–371 ft)
(avg. 107 m or 351 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.
Monchy-le-Preux is situated 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Arras, at the junction of the D33 and the D339 roads. Junction 15 of the A1 autoroute is just a mile away.
Monchy was an important strategic position near to Arras during the 1914-18 war and bloody fighting ensued around the village. It was from here that the Germans bombarded Arras and destroyed the belltower. Just outside Monchy, on the D939, a carved Vauthier Stone marks the boundary of the advancing German army during the First World War.
|Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates|
Places of interest
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.
- The church of St.Martin, rebuilt along with much of the village, after World War I.
- Monchy-le-Preux (Newfoundland) Memorial commemorating the sacrifice of the soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment on the 14th April 1917.
- Two chapels.
- Remains of an old chateau.
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