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The church of Estrée-Blanche
The church of Estrée-Blanche
Estrée-Blanche is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Estrée-Blanche is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°35′38″N 2°19′19″E / 50.5939°N 2.3219°E / 50.5939; 2.3219Coordinates: 50°35′38″N 2°19′19″E / 50.5939°N 2.3219°E / 50.5939; 2.3219
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Aire-sur-la-Lys
Intercommunality CA Béthune-Bruay, Artois-Lys Romane
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Delétré
Area1 5.32 km2 (2.05 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 928
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62313 /62145
Elevation 37–99 m (121–325 ft)
(avg. 43 m or 141 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.

Estrée-Blanche is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.


Indian Cavalry were stationed at Estrée-Blanche during the First World War


The miners’ houses in the village

A farming village some 12 miles (19.3 km) to the northwest of Béthune and 30 miles (48.3 km) west of Lille, at the junction of the D341, D186 and the D159 roads. The small rivers Surgeon and Laquette converge at the commune.

Estrée-Blanche is found at the extreme edge of the coal-mining area of Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Part of its surface area was owned by the mining company, which ceased in the 1960s. All that remains of that era are some typical miners' houses.

It is one of many villages in the north of France bearing the name Estrées. The etymology of the name is from strata (cognate of English "street"), the word for the stone-layered Roman roads in the area (some of which turned into modern highways). Hence Estreti, village on the road which developed into Estrées.


Historical population of Estrée-Blanche
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 1022 1093 1068 1005 988 928
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, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • The fifteenth-century chateau de Crémenil, built by the Le May family in 1443

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