Welcome to Hénin-Beaumont, a charming commune in the Pas-de-Calais department of the Hauts-de-France region of France. Once a coalmining town, Hénin-Beaumont is now a light industrial town situated some 6 miles 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.

Hénin-Beaumont has a rich history dating back to before the arrival of the Romans. It has survived the Norman invasion, been through the discovery of coal deposits, and was a victim of the harsh and destructive German occupation during World War I. Despite all of this, the town has persevered and has emerged as a political powerhouse in French politics, with control of the city swinging from socialist to far-right.

While in Hénin-Beaumont, be sure to check out the vestiges of an old castle, the churches of St. Martin and St. Marie, both dating from the twentieth century, and the war memorial. For those interested in paying their respects to fallen soldiers, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery is also a must-see.

Whether you’re interested in history, politics, or just looking for a charming French town to explore, Hénin-Beaumont has something for everyone. Come and discover this hidden gem for yourself!

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