Ors

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For the acronym, see ORS (disambiguation).
Ors
Center of the village, canal, and church
Center of the village, canal, and church
Ors is located in France
Ors
Ors
Coordinates: 50°06′01″N 3°38′05″E / 50.1003°N 3.6347°E / 50.1003; 3.6347Coordinates: 50°06′01″N 3°38′05″E / 50.1003°N 3.6347°E / 50.1003; 3.6347
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Cambrai
Canton Le Cateau-Cambrésis
Intercommunality Caudrésis–Catésis
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacky Duminy
Area
 • Land1 17.76 km2 (6.86 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 660
 • Population2 density 37/km2 (96/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59450 / 59360
Elevation 133–167 m (436–548 ft)
(avg. 159 m or 522 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.

Ors is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.

It is located on the Sambre–Oise Canal, in a small wood called Bois l'Évêque.

History[edit]

The commune was an area of intense fighting in November 1918 for control of the canal. Second Lieutenant Wilfred Owen was killed in action there, a week before the Armistice, and is buried at the Communal Cemetery beside many of his men.

Ors is famous for its yearly water jousting competition on the canal every August 15. Water jousting has been played there since the Middle Ages.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Ors
The arms of Ors are blazoned :

Or, 3 lions azure, on a chief gules, a demi-'Notre-Dame-de-Grâce de carnation' issuant from the line of division, vested gules and azure and holding in her left arm the Baby Jesus. (Boursies, Cattenières, Carnières, Estrun, Maresches, Onnaing, Ors, Orsinval, Thun-l'Évêque and originally, Notre-Dame de Cambrai, use the same arms.)



Monuments[edit]

Ors Communal Cemetery

The church, Église de l'Assomption, was built from 1851 to 1872.

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