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Coordinates: 50°37′23″N 2°41′09″E / 50.6231°N 2.6858°E / 50.6231; 2.6858Coordinates: 50°37′23″N 2°41′09″E / 50.6231°N 2.6858°E / 50.6231; 2.6858

Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Béthune
Canton Laventie
Intercommunality Flandre Lys
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marc Delannoy
 • Land1 21.15 km2 (8.17 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 4,006
 • Population2 density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62502 / 62136
Elevation 13–20 m (43–66 ft)
(avg. 18 m or 59 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.

Lestrem is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.


A small farming and light industrial town, situated some 8 miles (12.9 km) north of Béthune and 19 miles (30.6 km) west of Lille, on the D122, D178 and D975 roads, by the banks of the Lawe River.


The town was all but destroyed during the First World War.
In 1940, the small hamlet of Le Paradis, on the south side of the commune, was the scene of a massacre of British troops of the BEF, during the Battle of France. The town is twinned with swanland in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
2643 2662 2727 3044 2753 3789 4006
Census count starting from 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest

  • The church of St. Amé, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • Two other churches at the hamlets of La Fosse and Le Paradis.
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.

See also


  • INSEE commune file

External links

  • Official website of the commune (French)
  • The CWGC cemetery at Le Paradis
  • Lestrem on the Quid website (French)
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