The church of Marquise
|Intercommunality||Communauté de communes de la Terre des Deux Caps|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Martial Herbert|
|13.46 km2 (5.20 sq mi)|
|• Density||380/km2 (970/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||1–67 m (3.3–219.8 ft) |
(avg. 39 m or 128 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.|
Marquise is a farming, quarrying and light industrial town, situated some 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Boulogne, at the junction of the D191, D231 and D238 roads. The river Slack flows through the commune, as too does the A16 autoroute.
Part of the Flemish-speaking territory until 1346, Marquise became an English county under King Edward III after the battle of Crécy and the hexagonal bell-tower goes back to the English period. In 1420, in the suburbs of Marquise, at Leulinghen, the church of which was divided by the French-English border, King Henry V married Princess Katharine, daughter of Charles VI of France.
At the end of September and at the beginning of October 2006, Marquise was at the top of current events, on prime time television, when the local gendarmerie retrieved a famous painting by Maurice Boitel, stolen forty years before and taken out of France.
|Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates|
Places of interest
- The church of St.Martin, dating from the thirteenth century.
- A watermill and manorhouse of the 17th century.
- The marble quarries.
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.
- Alphonse Pinart, explorer, was born here in 1852.
- Henry V by William Shakespeare
- info.france3.fr/insolite/24771923-fr.php - 100k - 13 déc 2006
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