The mining memorial
|Intercommunality||Communauté d'agglomération de Béthune-Bruay, Artois-Lys Romane|
|• Mayor (2018-2020)||Phillibert Berrier|
|6 km2 (2 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,800/km2 (4,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||68–157 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.|
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.
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.
The inhabitants are called Auchellois.
- The church of St. Martin, dating from the sixteenth century.
- A museum about coal mining.
Auchel is twinned with:
Auchel is the birthplace of:
- Augustin Lesage, French spiritualist artist. Lesage is one of the most fascinating figures associated with Art Brut
- Fred Personne, actor
- Xavier Beauvois, actor, director and screenwriter.
- Pierre Laigle, football player
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Auchel.|
- The Communauté d'agglomération de l'Artois regional website ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Auchel on the Quid website ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- An history of Auchel ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Harmonie municipale website ‹See Tfd›(in French)
- Auchel town hall website ‹See Tfd›(in French)
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