Center of the village, canal, and church
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacky Duminy|
|• Land1||17.76 km2 (6.86 sq mi)|
|• 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.
It is located on the Sambre–Oise Canal, in a small wood called Bois l'Évêque.
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.
The arms of Ors are blazoned :
The church, Église de l'Assomption, was built from 1851 to 1872.
- Ors Communal Cemetery on the website "Remembrance Trails of the Great War in Northern France"
- Société des Jouteurs Sauveteurs d'Ors
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