Norrent-Fontes

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Norrent-Fontes
Norrent-Fontes is located in France
Norrent-Fontes
Norrent-Fontes
Coordinates: 50°35′19″N 2°24′29″E / 50.5886°N 2.4081°E / 50.5886; 2.4081Coordinates: 50°35′19″N 2°24′29″E / 50.5886°N 2.4081°E / 50.5886; 2.4081
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Canton of Norrent-Fontes
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Artois-Lys
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marc Boulnois
Area1 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,460
 • Density 260/km2 (660/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62620 / 62120
Elevation 19–63 m (62–207 ft)
(avg. 27 m or 89 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.

Norrent-Fontes is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.

Geography[edit]

Norrent-Fontes is situated some 10 miles (16.1 km) northwest of Béthune and 33 miles (53.1 km) west of Lille, at the junction of the D94 and D91 roads. The A26 autoroute passes through the commune.

History[edit]

Known to the Romans as Norremum, later as Norrem, in 1211 and then Norrenc in 1240. The hamlet of Fontes was known as Adfondenis in 654. After the French Revolution, the commune was created from the village of Norrent and the three hamlets of Fontes, Goulay and Malznoi.
Between the two world wars, the commune was home to one of the biggest military airfields in northern France. Abandoned in 1940, the site was reused by the Germans to launch V1 missiles towards London, in 1944. The remains are still visible from the Rely road.

Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
1280 1343 1401 1490 1499 1444 1460
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of St. Vaast, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • Two old mills and some ancient houses.
  • The war memorial.

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