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The town hall of Courcelles-lès-Lens
The town hall of Courcelles-lès-Lens
Coat of arms of Courcelles-lès-Lens
Coat of arms
Courcelles-lès-Lens is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Courcelles-lès-Lens is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°25′07″N 3°01′08″E / 50.4186°N 3.0189°E / 50.4186; 3.0189Coordinates: 50°25′07″N 3°01′08″E / 50.4186°N 3.0189°E / 50.4186; 3.0189
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Lens
Canton Hénin-Beaumont-2
Intercommunality CA Hénin-Carvin
 • Mayor (2014–present) Jean-François Graf
Area1 5.56 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Population (2005)2 6,144
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62249 /62970
Elevation 20–45 m (66–148 ft)
(avg. 29 m or 95 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.

Courcelles-lès-Lens (Picard: Courchelle-lès-Linse) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.


An ex-coalmining commune, now a light industrial and farming town, situated some 10 miles (16.1 km) east of Lens, on the D160 road, sandwiched by the N43 and the A21 autoroute. The canalized Deule river forms the north-eastern border of the commune.


Historical population of Courcelles-lès-Lens
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2005
Population 5582 5965 5874 5855 6343 6119 6144
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[edit]

  • The church of St.Vaast, rebuilt, as was much of the town, after the First World War.
  • "La gare d'eau", built in the early 20th century, it could host more than 200 riverboats.
  • The "Saint-Brayou" stone.
  • A memorial dedicated to the coal-workers who died during the town's mining disasters.
  • The town's old windmill which was renovated during the 00's.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Adulphe Delegorgue (1814-1850)

He was a hunter and naturalist born in Courcelles-lès-Lens the 13th of November 1814. He was the son of Adulphe Delegorgue, farmer and former mayor of Courcelles-lès-Lens. He became a sailor at the age of 16. He started his first expedition in Africa at the age of 23, and took part in the improvement of Paris' and Douai's Natural History Museum collection. He died of disease during his fourth expedition. He wrote "Voyage dans l'Afrique Australe" published in 1847 and gave his name to several animal species. The secondary school of Courcelles-lès-lens is named after him.

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