Coordinates: 49°52′54″N 1°07′37″E / 49.8817°N 1.1269°E / 49.8817; 1.1269
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Château d'Arques-la-Bataille
Château d'Arques-la-Bataille
Coat of arms of Arques-la-Bataille
Location of Arques-la-Bataille
Arques-la-Bataille is located in France
Arques-la-Bataille is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°52′54″N 1°07′37″E / 49.8817°N 1.1269°E / 49.8817; 1.1269
IntercommunalityCA Région Dieppoise
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Maryline Fournier[1]
14.69 km2 (5.67 sq mi)
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
76026 /76880
Elevation2–129 m (6.6–423.2 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Arques-la-Bataille (French pronunciation: [aʁk la bataj]) is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in north-western France.

The zoologist Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777–1850) was born in Arques.


Arques is situated near the confluence of the rivers Eaulne, Varenne and Béthune, with the forest of Arques to the north-east.[3] It lies 4 miles (6 km) southeast of Dieppe at the junction of the D23, D154, and D56 roads.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 2,807—    
1975 2,646−0.84%
1982 2,734+0.47%
1990 2,539−0.92%
1999 2,528−0.05%
2007 2,527−0.00%
2012 2,603+0.59%
2017 2,583−0.15%
Source: INSEE[4]

Main sights[edit]

The centre houses a castle dominating the town, which was built in the 11th century by William of Talou; his nephew, William the Conqueror, regarding it as a menace to his own power, besieged and occupied it. After frequently changing hands, it came into the possession of the English, who were expelled in 1449 after an occupation of thirty years. In 1589, its cannon decided the Battle of Arques in favour of King Henry IV of France.[3]

The ruined château dominating the town

Since 1869, the castle has been state property. The first line of fortification was the work of Francis I; the second line and the donjon date back to the 11th century. The church of Arques, a building of the 16th century, preserves a stone rood screen, statuary, stained glass and other relics of the Renaissance period.[3]

Just outside the town is the World War I Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, designed by J R Truelove, the final resting place of 377 men of the Chinese, West Indies, and South African Native Labour Corps.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Willa Cather's 1907 short story Eleanor's House is set in Arques-la-Bataille.
  • Simon Raven's 1984 novel September Castle revolves around ancient hauntings in the Castle of Arques, and is set in the region.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Arques-la-Bataille". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 642.
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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