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Billy-Berclau

Billy-Berclau
Coat of arms of Billy-Berclau
Coat of arms
Billy-Berclau is located in France
Billy-Berclau
Billy-Berclau
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Douvrin
Intercommunality Artois
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Daniel Delcroix
Area1 7.41 km2 (2.86 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 4,324
 • Density 580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62132 / 62138
Elevation 17–27 m (56–89 ft)
(avg. 24 m or 79 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.

Billy-Berclau is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Population 3
  • Sights 4

Geography

A small town 10 miles (16.1 km) east of Béthune and 12 miles (19.3 km) southwest of Lille, at the junction of the D163 and N47 roads. It is situated at the junction of the Canal de la Deûle and the Canal d'Aire. Light industry and a little farming have replaced the coal mining of the past.

History

The town was completely destroyed during World War I. On 27 March 2003, an explosion at the dynamite factory killed four people.

Population

Sights

  • The church of Notre-Dame, rebuilt, as was most of the town, after World War I.
  • The remains of a
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