The town hall of Houlle
|Intercommunality||Pays de Saint-Omer|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Bernard Rebena|
|Area1||6.52 km2 (2.52 sq mi)|
|• 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.
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.
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.
|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. John the Baptiste, dating from the twelfth century.
- Some 18th-century wells.
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