Laventie

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Laventie
Commune
The church and town hall of Laventie
The church and town hall of Laventie
Coat of arms of Laventie
Coat of arms
Laventie is located in France
Laventie
Laventie
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Laventie is located in Hauts-de-France
Laventie
Laventie
Coordinates: 50°37′42″N 2°46′19″E / 50.6283°N 2.7719°E / 50.6283; 2.7719Coordinates: 50°37′42″N 2°46′19″E / 50.6283°N 2.7719°E / 50.6283; 2.7719
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Beuvry
Intercommunality Flandre Lys
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Roger Douez
Area1 18.13 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,794
 • Density 260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62491 /62840
Elevation 15–20 m (49–66 ft)
(avg. 18 m or 59 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.

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

Geography

A small farming and light industrial town, situated some 10 miles (16.1 km) northeast of Béthune and 12 miles (19.3 km) west of Lille, at the junction of the D166, D173 and D174 roads. Famous for its cherries.

History

The Kensingstons at Laventie.

In World War I, like other settlements in Pas-de-Calais, Laventie was heavily fought over between German and Allied forces. From 1915, there was constant underground fighting in the area, in which units like the 173rd, 3rd Australian and 255th Tunnelling Companies RE were involved.[1] Laventie is the title of a poem by the war poet and composer Ivor Gurney.

The artist Eric Kennington was stationed at Laventie with his unit, the 1/13th Battalion, London Regiment (Kensington), in the winter of 1914–15. After being wounded and evacuated he painted members of his platoon in the snowy village street. The painting, The Kensingtons at Laventie, considered by many to be his most important work, is in the collection of the Imperial War Museum, London.[2]

Population

Historical population of Laventie
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 2871 2909 2877 3415 4410 4383 4794
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest

Twin towns

See also

References

  • INSEE commune file
  1. ^ The Tunnelling Companies RE Archived May 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., access date 25 April 2015
  2. ^ Richard Stevenson, 'Soldier Artists', Military Illustrated, No 264, May 2101, p. 32.
  3. ^ "Casualty Details: Carter, Nelson Victor". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 

External links

  • Official website (in French)
  • The CWGC Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue
  • The CWGC Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie
  • All CWGC cemeteries in the Laventie area
  • Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof Laventie (Laventie German War Cemetery) (in German)
  • Laventie on the Quid website (in French)
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