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The town hall of Lillers
The town hall of Lillers
Coat of arms of Lillers
Coat of arms
Lillers is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Lillers is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 50°33′52″N 2°28′59″E / 50.5644°N 2.4831°E / 50.5644; 2.4831Coordinates: 50°33′52″N 2°28′59″E / 50.5644°N 2.4831°E / 50.5644; 2.4831
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Lillers
Intercommunality CA Béthune-Bruay, Artois-Lys Romane
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Pascal Barois
Area1 26.9 km2 (10.4 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 10,050
 • Density 373.6/km2 (967.6/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 62516 /62190
Elevation 18–88 m (59–289 ft)
(avg. 29 m or 95 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lillers is a commune. It is found in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais in the Pas-de-Calais department in the north of France.

History[change | change source]

In the year 700 AD, two Irish princes, Lugli and Luglien, were on a pilgrimage to Rome. On the road between Boulogne and Thérouanne, near Ferfay, they were attacked and killed by robbers. Their servants buried the bodies, but they were moved by a storm to the castle of the Bishop of Thérouanne. This was seen to be a miracle. When the Normans invaded, the bodies, now holy relics, were moved to a safer place on an island with a marsh all around it. Years later, the sister of the princes, Lilia, came to pray at the chapel built to hold the relics. The town was named Lillers, after her.[1]

World War 1[change | change source]

In World War I, Lillers was the site of a big British military hospital. Nearly 900 soldiers are buried the cemetery.[2] They include two winners of the Victoria Cross, Corporal William Richard Cotter and Major David Nelson.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "History Lillers". Site Officiel de la Ville de Lillers (in Fren). Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. "Lillers Cemetery". Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  3. "Lillers Communal Cemetery and Extension". Retrieved 2009-12-01. 

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