|Intercommunality||Communauté d'agglomération de l'Artois|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||André Delcourt|
|Area1||4.61 km2 (1.78 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||62194 / 62470|
|Elevation||41–114 m (135–374 ft)
(avg. 65 m or 213 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.
Calonne-Ricouart is an ex-coalmining town some 6 miles (9.7 km) southwest of Béthune and 33 miles (53.1 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D70 and the D341 roads, by the banks of the Clarence River.
The village and the old castle were burned down in 1537 by the troops of Francis I.
The church of St. Pierre was rebuilt between the years 1763 to 1781.
In 1786, a new chateau was built at the present location of the cemetery. Around the same time, through the initiative of Bernard Calonne, the watermill was built on the north bank of the river Clarence. It was sold during the Revolution and ceased functioning as a working mill in 1945. Nowadays, only a small part of the original building still exists.
The spoil heaps from the years of mining coal are now disappearing, as they contain material which can be used in road building. To the east of the town, were once the pit heads stood, is Park Calonnix, which covers 35 hectares of land including 15 hectares of forest and 5 hectares of ponds. Various sports and leisure activities are available (tennis, squash, horseriding, a climbing wall, pedal boats, freshwater and trout fishing, an inflatable playground and an animal park. Also located on the site, in the former coal mining explosives store, is a bat sanctuary.
|From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
Places of interest
- The church of St. Pierre, dating from the eighteenth century.
- The modern church of St.Paul.
- An old farm and a watermill.
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- Official website of the commune (French)
- The leisure park (French)
- Calonne-Ricouart on the Quid website (French)
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