Norrent-Fontes is a commune and chief town of a canton in the Pas-de-Calais département in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


A farming village, once famous for watercress, situated some northwest of Béthune and west of Lille, at the junction of the D94 and D91 roads. The A26 autoroute passes through the commune.


Known to the Romans as Norremum, later as Norrem, in 1211 and then Norrenc in 1240. The hamlet of Fontes was known as Adfondenis in 654. After the French Revolution, the commune was created from the village of Norrent and the three hamlets of Fontes, Goulay and Malznoi.
Between the two world wars, the commune was home to one of the biggest military airfields in northern France. Abandoned in 1940, the site was reused by the Germans to launch V1 missiles towards London, in 1944. The remains are still visible from the Rely road.


Population Evolution
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
1280 1343 1401 1490 1499 1444
Census count starting from 1962 : Population without double counting

Places of interest

  • The church of St. Vaast, dating from the 16th century.
  • Two old mills and some ancient houses.
  • The war memorial.

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