Auchel

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Auchel
The mining memorial
The mining memorial
Coat of arms of Auchel
Coat of arms
Location of Auchel
Auchel is located in France
Auchel
Auchel
Auchel is located in Hauts-de-France
Auchel
Auchel
Coordinates: 50°30′31″N 2°28′28″E / 50.5086°N 2.4744°E / 50.5086; 2.4744Coordinates: 50°30′31″N 2°28′28″E / 50.5086°N 2.4744°E / 50.5086; 2.4744
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentPas-de-Calais
ArrondissementBéthune
CantonAuchel
IntercommunalityCommunauté d'agglomération de Béthune-Bruay, Artois-Lys Romane
Government
 • Mayor (2018-2020) Phillibert Berrier
Area
1
6 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
10,504
 • Density1,800/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62048 /62260
Elevation68–157 m (223–515 ft)
(avg. 99 m or 325 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Auchel (Picard: Auchez) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region in northern France.

Geography[edit]

An ex-mining town, nowadays a light industrial & farming commune, situated 8 miles (12.9 km) southwest of Béthune and 34 miles (54.7 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D183 and the D183E roads.

History[edit]

Following the discovery of coal deposits in the area in 1851, the town grew as the demand for coal increased in France. This old mining town had close to 15,000 inhabitants in the 1950s.
The coal recession in the late 1960s lead to a constant decline in population, despite the efforts of the municipality to attract and keep people here during and after the recession.

Population[edit]

The inhabitants are called Auchellois.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
196213,770—    
196814,091+2.3%
197513,329−5.4%
198212,535−6.0%
199011,813−5.8%
199911,392−3.6%
200611,341−0.4%
200911,204−1.2%
201110,993−1.9%
201210,991−0.0%
201510,574−3.8%

Sights[edit]

  • The church of St. Martin, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • A museum about coal mining.

International relations[edit]

Auchel is twinned with:

Personalities[edit]

Auchel is the birthplace of:

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.