Douvrin is a commune and chief town of a canton in the Pas-de-Calais département in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
town some east of Béthune
and southwest of Lille
, at the junction of the D165, the D163 and the N47 roads. Since the mid-1960s
, farming and light industry have replaced coal mining as the principle occupations.
First recorded in the 11th century
, the town has been known by several variations of the name:
Doverin (in 1098), Dovring (in 1120), Dovrin (in 1149), Dovrign (in 1218), Douvringnum (in 1229), Douvrin (in the 15th century) and also as Douvrain (in 1652).
The town suffered considerable damage during World War I
Coal mining was the main livelihood here for around 100 years, from the mid-19th century
until the 1960s
when the reserves became uneconomic.
, Française de Mécanique, part of PSA Peugeot Citroen
has produced motor-car
engines at the plant immediately north of the commune. Over 3,400 people work here, producing 7000 units a week.
Places of interest
- The church of Sacre-Coeur, rebuilt, as was most of the town, after World War I.
Communes of the Pas-de-Calais department