The old railway station and church
|Intercommunality||Communauté de communes de Flandre Intérieure|
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Gérard Maris|
|11.89 km2 (4.59 sq mi)|
|• Density||180/km2 (460/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||27–163 m (89–535 ft) |
(avg. 41 m or 135 ft)
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
Presidential Elections 2nd Round
|2017||Emmanuel Macron||En Marche!||54.13|
|The arms of Godewaersvelde are blazoned :|
Barry gules and vair.
The name of the commune means "Godafritha's Heath" or "Godefried Fields".
British soldiers called it "God" during the First World War. A popular story claims that Godewaersvelde means "God bless our fields", but it appears to be unfounded, and is dismissed by linguists and historians.
Another WWI troop nickname was "Gerty Wears Velvet".
- 1295-1296: Gaudefroit camp
- 1300: Godeverdesvelde
- 1318: Godefroichamp
- 1918: Goedesversvelde (in WWI news in newspapers)
Dutch: Godewaarsvelde; Frans-Vlaams: Godsvelde; official French: Godewaersvelde is in Franse Westhoek, in the Nord Department, France. The community has 2000 dwellers. In the place where French Flemish dialect and in the Westhoek becoming known as Godsvelde is spoken.
Godewaersvelde is in northern France along the Belgian border and is in the heart of Flanders, less than half an hour from Lille and Dunkirk. It is one of nine municipalities in the canton of Steenvoorde. Godewaersvelde covers 1189 hectares or nearly 12 square kilometers and is crossed by several county roads: the R & D 948 which connects at the A25 interchange in Poperinge, 139 R & D that leads to Boeschèpe and Eecke, DR 18, which connects Route Méteren to Poperinge.
Chapel of Saint Bernard of the Abbaye du Mont des Cats
- "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Daily Telegraph, Saturday 27 April 1918, reprinted in page 32, Daily Telegraph, Friday 27 April 2018; see English-language names given by WWI troops to places affected by WWI
- Sources: Jozef van Overstraeten1 see also La Voix du Nord, News / Hazebrouck / Page 4 / Article 2 Edition Sunday, April 24, 2005
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