The town hall
|Intercommunality||Métropole Européenne de Lille|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Bernard Haesebroeck|
|6.28 km2 (2.42 sq mi)|
|• Density||4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The motto of the town is Pauvre mais fière (Poor but proud).
In 1668, the town became French, along with most of the rest of French Flanders. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, Armentières acquired fame, being the “City of Fabric”. Industrial weaving, spinning and brewing grew in Armentières, benefitting from the presence of water.
Armentières particularly suffered during the World Wars although the town received two Military Crosses (one for World War I and the second for the Second World War) and the Legion d'Honneur. In Armentières and the surrounding areas, the military cemeteries are places of remembrance for the casualties of the World Wars. "Mademoiselle from Armentières" was a popular song among Allied soldiers in World War I.
During World War I, in October 1914, the town was the site of the Battle of Armentières. In April 1918, German troops shelled Armentières with mustard gas. British troops were forced to evacuate the area, but the Germans could not enter for two weeks because of the heavy contamination. Witnesses to the bombardment stated that the shelling was so heavy that liquid mustard ran in the streets.
|The arms of Armentières are blazoned :|
Argent a fleur de lys gules and on a chief of the same a sun or and a decrescent of the same.
Armentières has a railway station on the line from Lille to Calais and Dunkirk.
Armentières is twinned with:
- Dany Boon, French actor and stand-up comedian
- Jean Maurice Fiey, Church historian and Syriacist
- Amédée Fournier, French road bicycle racer and Olympic medallist
The belfry of Armentière is a classified World heritage of UNESCO monument. The belfry, just like the nearing city hall was designed by the architect Louis Marie Cordonnier and is open for visitors and tourists.
THe bawdy song, Mademoiselle from Armentières, was popular amongst British and American troops during World War 1. There are multiple version of the lyrics, that mostly refer to a woman from the town.
- "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
- Heller, Charles E. (September 1984). "Chemical Warfare in World War I: The American Experience, 1917–1918". U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Archived from the original on July 4, 2007. Retrieved January 15, 2009.
- Devaux père et fils, « Chemins de fer : service et situation en 1861 », dans Annuaire statistique du département du Nord, Lille, 1863 p. 337 intégral
- Site SNCF TER Hauts-de-France, Informations pratiques sur les gares et arrêts : Gare d'Armentières (consulté le 29 janvier 2020).
- "Destination lille Cities and territories". www.visitlilles.com. Retrieved 2019-11-19.
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