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A general view of Basseux
A general view of Basseux
Coat of arms of Basseux
Coat of arms
Basseux is located in France
Coordinates: 50°13′38″N 2°38′43″E / 50.2272°N 2.6453°E / 50.2272; 2.6453Coordinates: 50°13′38″N 2°38′43″E / 50.2272°N 2.6453°E / 50.2272; 2.6453
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Arras
Canton Avesnes-le-Comte
Intercommunality Vertes vallées
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Roger Karpinski
Area1 3.35 km2 (1.29 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 140
 • Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62085 /62123
Elevation 92–143 m (302–469 ft)
(avg. 106 m or 348 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Basseux is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region in northern France.


A small farming village located 8 miles (12 km) southwest of Arras on the D1 road, which follows the route of a Roman road. The small river Crinchon flows by the commune.


The school
  • Mentioned in the 7th century for the first time, as ‘Batsalis’ and later as Batseus (1154) and Basceu in 1277.
  • In 1711, the troops of the Marquis de Hautefort, Lieutenant General of the armies of Louis XIV, pillaged the town at the time of the War of Spanish Succession (1700–1713).
  • Between 1788 and 1789, a presbytery was built and the village had 217 inhabitants.
  • On 8 April 1834, half the village was burnt down. An inscription on the gate of the church recalls the incident:
    "On the 8th April 1834, 17 houses of this village were burned down. They were all rebuilt in the same year by the kindness of King Louis-Philippe of France and the help of the government and the département together with donations from many generous people. This stone was placed by the inhabitants of Basseux in recognition of their benefactors".
  • On 1 January 1871, a skirmish took place between French Dragoons and Prussian Uhlans.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 107 —    
1968 112 +4.7%
1975 126 +12.5%
1982 129 +2.4%
1990 158 +22.5%
1999 149 −5.7%
2009 140 −6.0%


  • The war cemetery.
  • The church of Notre-Dame, dating from the twelfth century.
The church

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