|Intercommunality||CC Terre des Deux Caps|
|• Mayor (2020–2026)||Antoine Benoit|
|5.72 km2 (2.21 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||0–114 m (0–374 ft) |
(avg. 30 m or 98 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The commune covers about 2,000 acres (810 ha) of cultivated lands, two beaches, and seashore cliffs. In the 12th century it was known as Oderzelle.
Between the end of English occupation in 1558 and the middle of the 17th century, Audresselles seigneury included Haringzelle hamlet; today, this is now a forest hiding the former German artillery batteries of Audinghen. This seigneury was owned by the Acary family, which gave some admirals to the French fleet and from whom most of the borough fishermen are descended.
An old fishers village, Audresselles has kept its characteristic features: its long houses with a colored strip along the lower part of the walls, in the village center, and some villas of the "Belle Époque" in front of the English Channel. Professional fishing families still live in Audresselles, and one of them uses the village sand beach to land its ship. The traditional flobarts (little truncated drakkars) are still used by the holiday yachtsmen.
- The Church of Saint John the Baptist, fortified, 12th century, with large canvas of the Second Empire painted in the Catholic workhalls of father Jacques Paul Migne by Arthur Gilbert and a little 18th century reredos.
- Saint-John farm (11th century) with the stone-cross of the crusader in the front wall;
- The coaching inn, rue Édouard Quénu (eighteenth century).
- The panoramic allée Maurice Boitel
Beach and dune fauna
Some black-headed seals have settled down in the creeks behind the village since July 2006 and dislike to be disturbed, following the swimmers to the beach. Also present are Orcas (killer whales), pilot whales, dolphins and porpoises.
- Robert Beauvais, writer and journalist
- Albert Besson, bacteriologist
- Maurice Boitel, painter
- Carolus-Duran, painter
- Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, painter
- Henri Dutilleux, composer
- Arthur Gilbert, English painter. Paintings of him can be seen in the choir of the church;
- Philippe de Hauteclocque said Leclerc, marshal of France
- Edmond Marin la Meslée, aviator
- Catherine Destivelle, alpinist
- "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 9 August 2021.
- "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
- INSEE commune file
- "Audresselles, éléments d'une histoire", éd. Association Mémoire d'Audresselles, by Daniel Leunens.
- "Rivages boulonnais", éd. Association Mémoire d'Audresselles, by Olivier Lazzarotti (December 2006).
- "Nobiliaire de Picardie", page 1, written in 1698 by Jérôme Bignon.
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- Photographs of Audresselles
- Audresselles.at - unBlog.fr dompaul2.unblog.fr/