Renty

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Renty
Renty is located in France
Renty
Renty
Coordinates: 50°35′02″N 2°04′25″E / 50.5839°N 2.0736°E / 50.5839; 2.0736Coordinates: 50°35′02″N 2°04′25″E / 50.5839°N 2.0736°E / 50.5839; 2.0736
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Fauquembergues
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Canton de Fauquembergues
Government
 • Mayor Jean Vielliard
Area
 • Land1 15.67 km2 (6.05 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 525
 • Population2 density 34/km2 (87/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62704 / 62560
Elevation 77–186 m (253–610 ft)
(avg. 162 m or 531 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.

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

Geography[edit]

Renty lies about 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Saint-Omer, on the D129 road, by the banks of the river Aa.

Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
443 484 429 448 463 439 525
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest[edit]

  • Two churches, dating from the seventeenth century.
  • The ruins of the castle of Renty, destroyed in 1638.

The Battle of Renty (August 13th, 1554)[edit]

Henry II of France inherited his father’s fight against Charles Quint. After the failure of a peace trip to Germany, his armies occupied Metz, Toul and Verdun in order to consolidate the north-east border of France. In June 1554, Renty, a small village with a solid castle was in the hands of Spanish imperial troops.
At noon, the French artillery began firing at Renty Castle. The siege lasted until August 15.
The castle was restored in 1630 but was destroyed eight years later in August 1638, during the Thirty Years War, by Marshal Châtillon.

There are still traces of the feudal motte in the centre of the village.

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