Rely, Pas-de-Calais

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The town hall of Rely
The town hall of Rely
Coat of arms of Rely
Coat of arms
Location of Rely
Rely is located in France
Rely is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°34′22″N 2°21′48″E / 50.5728°N 2.3633°E / 50.5728; 2.3633Coordinates: 50°34′22″N 2°21′48″E / 50.5728°N 2.3633°E / 50.5728; 2.3633
IntercommunalityCA Béthune-Bruay, Artois-Lys Romane
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marie Macke
4.83 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
 • Density96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62701 /62120
Elevation55–103 m (180–338 ft)
(avg. 98 m or 322 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

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


Rely is situated some 12 miles (19.3 km) west of Béthune and 34 miles (54.7 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D341 (an old Roman road, the Chaussee Brunehaut) and the D90 road. The A26 autoroute passes by the commune.


The village of Rely existed during the Gallo-Roman period and was located on a Roman road, the ‘’Chausée (carriageway) Brunehaut’’, that connected Thérouanne, Arras and Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Many villages on or near this Brunehaut road have the same origins, such as Blessy, Estrée-Blanche, Ligny, Auchy-au-Bois and Ferfay. Originally small Roman stations where troops or convoys came to rest and eat on their travels between Rome, Arras, Thérouanne and Boulogne, these stations then developed and became the villages of today.
The castle, built on a hill surrounded by a wide and deep moat served as a refuge against the successive invasions and plundering of the Normans, Flemish and Spanish armies. Rely has followed the fate of the volatile Artois region over the centuries:

  • In 863 it was part of Flanders.
  • In 1180 it became French territory.
  • In 1226 it was given to Robert I of Artois, son Louis VIII.
  • In 1384 it belonged to Charles the Bold of Burgundy.
  • In 1493 it passed to the House of Habsburg.
  • In 1640 Artois was reconquered by France, however only a portion of it was returned to France, the other part, which included Rely, stayed in Flanders.
  • In 1679, all of the region of Artois was finally ceded to France.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
313 378 360 351 348 371 416
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of St.Martin, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • The motte and moat of a feudal castle.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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