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Hénin-Beaumont is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.GeographyHénin-Beaumont used to be a coalmining town and is now a light industrial town situated some 6mi east of Lens, at the junction of the N43, D919 and the D39 roads. The A21 autoroute passes through the northern part of the commune.HistoryThe commune came into existence in 1971, the result of a merger of the communes of Hénin-Liétard and Beaumont-en-Artois.Hénin-Beaumont has been populated since before the arrival of the Romans, attested by excavations in the 19th century, where coins and other remains were found. In 880, the town was the victim of the Norman invasion.The town’s name has changed over the centuries. From around the year 950, there are various documents listing it as Hennium, Henninium or Heninium and later as St Martinus Henain. In 1274 it appeared for the first time under the name Hanin-le-Liétard, after the seigneur, either in recognition of services rendered to the city for its fortifications, or simply to distinguish it from the nearby commune of Hénin-on-Cojeul.In 1852, the discovery of coal deposits in the Pas-de-Calais brought Hénin-Liétard into the industrial age. From around 1856, many foreign workers came to Henin-Liétard to work in the mines. The railway came to the town at around the same time, in 1859.Henin-Beaumont is in Pas-de-Calais. Use our France road trip planner to arrange the details of your trip to Henin-Beaumont and other destinations.
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