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Coat of arms of Houlle
Coat of arms
Houlle is located in France
Coordinates: 50°47′48″N 2°10′25″E / 50.7967°N 2.1736°E / 50.7967; 2.1736Coordinates: 50°47′48″N 2°10′25″E / 50.7967°N 2.1736°E / 50.7967; 2.1736
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Saint-Omer-Nord
Intercommunality communauté d'agglomération de Saint-Omer
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Bernard Rebena
Area1 6.52 km2 (2.52 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 966
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62458 / 62910
Elevation 0–96 m (0–315 ft)
(avg. 7 m or 23 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.

Houlle is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


A village situated 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Saint-Omer, on the D207 road. "The Houlle" is also the name of a small river close to the village, tributary of the Aa, included in the water management plan (fr:SAGE) of the Audomarois region.


A gin alembic

Spirits from grain, flavoured with berries of the juniper tree, are distilled in Houlle, the Genièvre (juniper) of Houlle; this spirit is very close to the Dutch jenever and more distantly related to dry gin. This is drunk with the local speciality, (potjevleesch) and is used to refine Maroilles cheese.


Historical population of Houlle
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 564 657 575 650 864 917 966
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. John the Baptiste, dating from the twelfth century.
  • Some 18th-century wells.

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