Renty is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais département in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.
A village some 13 miles (21km) southwest of Saint-Omer
, on the D129 road, by the banks of the river Aa
Places of interest
- Two churches, dating from the 17th century.
- The ruins of the castle of Renty, destroyed in 1638.
The Battle of Renty (August 13th, 1554)
Henry II of France
inherited his father’s fight against Charles Quint
. After the failure of a peace trip to Germany, his armies occupied Metz
in order to consolidate the north-east border of France. In June 1554, Renty, a small village with a solid castle was in the hands of Spanish
At noon, the French artillery began firing at Renty Castle. The siege lasted until August 15th.
The castle was restored in 1630 but was destroyed eight years later in August 1638, during the Thirty Years War
, by Marshal Châtillon.
There are still traces of the feudal motte
in the centre of the village.
Communes of the Pas-de-Calais department