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Aa river, its banks shored up with heavy rubble
Aa river, its banks shored up with heavy rubble
Lumbres is located in France
Coordinates: 50°42′21″N 2°07′18″E / 50.7058°N 2.1217°E / 50.7058; 2.1217Coordinates: 50°42′21″N 2°07′18″E / 50.7058°N 2.1217°E / 50.7058; 2.1217
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Saint-Omer
Canton Lumbres
Intercommunality Pays de Lumbres
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Pierre Decobert
Area1 9.9 km2 (3.8 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,892
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62534 /62380
Elevation 35–133 m (115–436 ft)
(avg. 47 m or 154 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.

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


Lumbres is an industrial town built on former marshes at the crossroads of the valleys of the rivers Aa and Bléquin, some 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Saint-Omer, at the junction of the D342 and D225 road. The commune is now by-passed by the N42. The landscape is marred by the vast quarries and the huge chimney of the cement works.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
3207 3599 3803 4107 3944 3873 3892
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates


Evidence of prehistoric occupation, at the place known as the Montagne de Lumbres has been discovered by.[1] Dr. Pontier and Canon Collet, of the abbey of Wisques, who were the first to study the prehistory of the area, including Arques, Elnes and Wavrans.
Because of its industrial importance, and proximity to fortified V2 sites, the commune suffered heavily from Allied bombing during World War II.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of St.Sulpice, dating from the seventeenth century.
  • The fourteenth century Château d'Acquembronne.
  • Old watermills.

Notable people[edit]

Dr. Georges Pontier
Pontier's Mammoth reconstruction, once at Lumbres, now at the Natural history museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer

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