The town hall of Barlin
|Intercommunality||Communauté d'agglomération de Béthune-Bruay, Artois-Lys Romane|
|• Mayor (2018-2020)||Julien Dagbert|
|6.18 km2 (2.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||51–131 m (167–430 ft) |
(avg. 63 m or 207 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
A small ex-coal mining town, now a light engineering and farming commune, situated 7 miles (11.3 km) south of Béthune and 30 miles (48.3 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D57, D179 and the D188 roads.
We have to go back to 1141 to find the first mention of the parish of Barlin in a manuscript now kept in the National Archives. It was then spelt Ballin or Bellin. The name changed several times over the centuries: Ballin in 1141, Bellin in 1438 and Barlaing in 1556; it was not until the next century that it became Barlin.
In the 12th century, the territory of Barlin was divided into several lordships that depended on Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise, Arras or Béthune. In 1207, Thomas Hasbare was seigneur of Barlin. The Melun family succeeded him and one of their lords, nicknamed Le Brun, the king's chamberlain, saw his property confiscated by Duke John the Fearless, who had accused him of allegiance with his enemies. The Duke of Burgundy then donated the land and income of Barlin to Walleran de Juhaucourt.
In the mid-nineteenth century, coalmining began at Barlin, and the town flourished. The mines closed in the 1960s.
Today, Barlin is a modern and dynamic place that offers its residents numerous amenities: schools, colleges, a swimming pool, a library and sports halls.
- The church of St. Pierre, dating from the eighteenth century
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery
- The museum
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