Douvrin

Douvrin

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.

Geography

An ex-coalmining 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.

History

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. Since 1969, 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.

Population

Population Evolution
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2005
4350 4659 4736 4415 5442 5431 5265

Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting

Places of interest

  • The church of Sacre-Coeur, rebuilt, as was most of the town, after World War I.

See also

Communes of the Pas-de-Calais department

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Notes

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