Tourcoing

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Tourcoing
Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Tourcoing
Flag
Coat of arms of Tourcoing
Coat of arms
Tourcoing is located in France
Tourcoing
Tourcoing
Coordinates: 50°43′56″N 3°06′14″E / 50.7323°N 3.1040°E / 50.7323; 3.1040Coordinates: 50°43′56″N 3°06′14″E / 50.7323°N 3.1040°E / 50.7323; 3.1040
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Nord
Arrondissement Lille
Intercommunality Lille Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2014–) Gerald Darmanin
Area1 15.19 km2 (5.86 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 93,540
 • Density 6,200/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 59599 / 59200

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.

Tourcoing (French pronunciation: ​[tuʁ.kwɛ̃]) is a city in northern France. It is designated municipally as a commune within the département of Nord.

Tourcoing is part of the urban area of Lille and is a member of the Urban Community of Lille Métropole. Besides that, the city is also a member of the cross-border Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai (metropolitan area), which had 2,155,161 residents in 2008.[1][2] The city is served by the Lille Metro.

Main sights[edit]

  • Church of St Christopher (15th-16th centuries), considered one of the most beautiful Neo-Gothic edifices of Nord. In stone and brickwork, it has an 80-metre (262-foot) high bell tower with more than 80 bells.
  • Hospice de Havre, founded in 1260. The cloister and the chapel date from the seventeenth century.
  • Hôtel de ville (1885), in Napoleon III-style.
  • Jardin botanique de Tourcoing, a botanical garden and arboretum.

History[edit]

Place de la Victoire, Tourcoing.

The city was the site of a significant victory for France during the French Revolutionary Wars. Marshal Charles Pichegru and his generals Joseph Souham and Jean Moreau defeated a combined force of British and Austrian troops in the Battle of Tourcoing on 29 Floréal II (18 May 1794).[3]

Transport[edit]

The Gare de Tourcoing is a railway station offering direct connections to Lille and Paris (high speed trains), Kortrijk, Ostend, Ghent and Antwerp. The town was formerly served by the Somain-Halluin railway.

Notable people[edit]

Guilbert de Lannoy (1545-c. 1601) and his son Jean de Lannoy (1575-c. 1605) were Protestants who r settled in Leiden, Holland. Jean's son, Philip Delano (c. 1603 - c. 1681-82; born Philipe de la Noye or Philipe de Lannoy) was an early emigrant to the Plymouth Colony and progenitor of the prominent Delano family, which counts among its descendants many prominent figures in American history.[4]

Church of St Christopher

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Tourcoing is twinned with:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of municipalities : http://fr.eurometropolis.eu/qui-sommes-nous/territoire.html
  2. ^ Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai official website
  3. ^ Soboul, Albert (1975). The French Revolution 1787–1799. USA: Vintage. p. 404. ISBN 0-394-71220-X. 
  4. ^ "Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: Phillip Delano/De la Noye". American Ancestors. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 

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