The town hall of Courcelles-lès-Lens
|• Mayor (2014–present)||Jean-François Graf|
|Area1||5.56 km2 (2.15 sq mi)|
|• 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.
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.
|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.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.
- 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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