|Intercommunality||CC Terre des Deux Caps|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Marc Sarpaux|
|13.09 km2 (5.05 sq mi)|
|• Density||45/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||0–123 m (0–404 ft) |
(avg. 68 m or 223 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
A farming commune, comprising several hamlets, some 14 miles (23 km) north of Boulogne-sur-Mer, at the junction of the D940 and the D191 roads. Cap Gris-Nez, the nearest part of France to the English coast, forms the western boundary of the commune.
The town was originally named Odingehem, 'home of Odin', by the Vikings who built a temple here dedicated to the Germanic god Odin. Audinghen has been rebuilt several times after being completely destroyed, including:
- In 1643 or 1644, according to the interpretations, by a party of soldiers of the King of England, who burned the village population inside the church;
- Three centuries later, in November 1943, by the British, who bombed and totally destroyed the village (then occupied by the German army) and a centre for Organisation Todt.
- The church of St. Pierre, dating from the twentieth century.
- The ruins of the lighthouse at Cap Gris Nez.
- World War II German defences, part of the Atlantic wall.
- Gabriel Auguste Ferdinand Ducuing, soldier who died here in 1940.
- Raoul de Godewaersvelde, composer, died here in 1977.
- "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
- "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
- INSEE commune file
- Embry, Basil (1957). Mission Completed (1957 first ed.). Methuen. p. 255.
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- Website about Audinghen (in French)