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The road into Laires
The road into Laires
Coat of arms of Laires
Coat of arms
Laires is located in France
Coordinates: 50°32′28″N 2°15′23″E / 50.5411°N 2.2564°E / 50.5411; 2.2564Coordinates: 50°32′28″N 2°15′23″E / 50.5411°N 2.2564°E / 50.5411; 2.2564
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Fruges
Intercommunality Pays de Saint-Omer
 • Mayor Bernadette Franche
Area1 8.64 km2 (3.34 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 306
 • Density 35/km2 (92/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62485 /62960
Elevation 140–190 m (460–620 ft)
(avg. 182 m or 597 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.

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


A village situated 15 miles (24 km) south of Saint-Omer, on the D95 road.

Its surrounded by the common Beaumetz-lès-Aire, Erny-Saint-Julien and Laires. Bomy is located 19 km southwest of Saint-Omer's largest city around.[1]


Historical population of Laires
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 335 347 302 314 337 297 306
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


In 734, Laires was called "Wilbert", after its owner. The spelling of the name has changed over the centuries from Larae, Laris, Lares, Laire and Lare, to become Laires by the eighteenth century. In 1115, Baldwin VII, Count of Flanders, made a gift of the village to the abbey of St Saviour at Ham. In January 1478, a band of soldiers from the Burgundian garrison at Renescure terrorized the area around Laires. Instead of helping people to fight the "French enemy" they looted the village. Against the Spanish, the commune suffered again. In 1537 the area was completely devastated. In 1542 and 1543, the village was looted several times and fourteen French houses were burned down.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of St.Martin, dating from the fifteenth century.
  • The war memorial, from 1921.

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