Méricourt, Pas-de-Calais

Méricourt (French pronunciation: ​[meʁikuʁ]) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.[3]

Méricourt
The town hall of Méricourt
The town hall of Méricourt
Coat of arms of Méricourt
Location of Méricourt
Méricourt is located in France
Méricourt
Méricourt
Méricourt is located in Hauts-de-France
Méricourt
Méricourt
Coordinates: 50°24′11″N 2°52′00″E / 50.4031°N 2.8667°E / 50.4031; 2.8667Coordinates: 50°24′11″N 2°52′00″E / 50.4031°N 2.8667°E / 50.4031; 2.8667
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentPas-de-Calais
ArrondissementLens
CantonAvion
IntercommunalityCA Lens-Liévin
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Bernard Baude[1]
Area
1
7.53 km2 (2.91 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
11,267
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62570 /62680
Elevation31–63 m (102–207 ft)
(avg. 55 m or 180 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

Méricourt is a former coal mining town, nowadays a farming and light industrial town, 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of Lens, at the junction of the D33, D40 and the D262 roads. The commune is part of the canton of Avion.

HistoryEdit

The history of the region remains marked by the Courrières mine disaster, which left 1,099 dead on 10 March 1906. The communes affected were Méricourt, Billy-Montigny, Noyelles-sous-Lens and Sallaumines.

It was at Méricourt that the memorial to the mining disaster was erected. Since 2006, the memorial has also included an overground pathway retracing the route underground of the survivors who managed to get out of the galleries about three weeks after the collapse and resulting firedamp and dust.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
196813,416—    
197513,806+0.41%
198213,273−0.56%
199012,330−0.92%
199911,723−0.56%
200712,087+0.38%
201211,751−0.56%
201711,363−0.67%
Source: INSEE[4]

Places of interestEdit

  • The church of St.Martin, rebuilt along with most of the town, after the First World War.
  • The church of St. Barbe, dating from the nineteenth century.
  • Vestiges of an old chateau.
  • The memorials.
 
The memorial to the dead miners (le « silo »)
 
”Survivors Way” « Parcours des rescapés » that links the necropolis of Méricourt to pit no. 2 at Billy-Montigny

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ INSEE commune file
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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