Landrecies

Landrecies is a commune in the Nord department in northern France.

Landrecies
The town hall

Coat of arms
Location of Landrecies
Landrecies
Landrecies
Coordinates: 50°07′29″N 3°41′22″E
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentNord
ArrondissementAvesnes-sur-Helpe
CantonAvesnes-sur-Helpe
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes du pays de Mormal
Government
  Mayor (2014-2020) Didier Leblond
Area
1
21.70 km2 (8.38 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
3,597
  Density170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Landreciens
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
59331 /59550
Elevation110–179 m (361–587 ft)
(avg. 130 m or 430 ft)
Websitehttp://www.landrecies.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

History

In 1543, Landrecies was besieged by English and Imperial forces, who were repulsed by the French defenders. In 1794, it was besieged by Dutch forces, who captured it. It was the site of a skirmish between the British I Corps under Douglas Haig and the German First Army on 25 August 1914, which resulted in the death of Archer Windsor-Clive, the first first-class cricketer to fall in World War I.

Heraldry

The arms of Landrecies are blazoned :
Azure, a triple towered castle open Or, on a base 3 medals on the colours of their respective ribbons 1: Croix de Guerre 1914-1918; 2: a Légion d'honneur; and 3: a Croix de Guerre 1939-1945

People

Landrecies is the hometown of former Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc.

It is the birthplace of Joseph François Dupleix, known as the conqueror of India for Louis XIV, king of France.

See also

References

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