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Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée

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Coordinates: 50°31′46″N 2°45′31″E / 50.5294°N 2.7586°E / 50.5294; 2.7586Coordinates: 50°31′46″N 2°45′31″E / 50.5294°N 2.7586°E / 50.5294; 2.7586{{#coordinates:50.5294|2.7586|type:city(813)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Nord-Pas-de-Calais</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Pas-de-Calais</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Béthune</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Douvrin</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Artois</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008–2014) </th><td> Jacques Herbaut</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 3.89 km2 (1.50 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (1999)2</th><td> 813</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 210/km2 (540/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 62373 / 62149</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.

Geography

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History

The village was first chronicled in the year 870 as "Juventiacum".

During the First World War, it was completely destroyed, as this was the only part of the entire front that withheld the force of the German offensive in the spring of 1918. The courageous stand of the 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division is commemorated by a memorial in the village.

During the Second World War, at the time of the withdrawal of British troops towards Dunquerque, the school, mayor's office and the memorial village hall were again destroyed. After the devastation of that war, the citizens of Liverpool donated reading books and money to the town of Givenchy-les-la-Bassee. The town hall of Givenchy has a plaque on the front wall thanking the City of Liverpool for its kindness and support for the town.

In 2008, a small group of students from Liverpool went to Givenchy on behalf of the City of Liverpool on the 90th anniversary of the First World War. Finally, the community of Givenchy still to this day has meetings with Liverpool's Lord Mayor and unity between the two places are still strong

Population

Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée
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Historical population of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée
Year196219681975198219901999
Population473521554748803813
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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