Quesnoy-sur-Deûle (meaning ‘place planted with oaks’) is located 10 km north of Lille and 7 km from Belgium. The town dates back to Roman times, as shown by relics unearthed during archaeological excavations. The town has the Deûle to thank for its expansion since as many as 2,400 boats passed through the town every year by the late 1700s. From the late 19th century, various industries were established in the village, bringing economic prosperity to the area. Quesnoy-sur-Deûle is a pleasant and peaceful residential town with its landscaped footpaths, nautical centre and several public parks.
Standing on Place du Général de Gaulle, the Church of St Michael has such a tall spire that this place of worship is known locally as the Lys Valley Cathedral. Gaston Trannoy, an architect from Marcq, finished his construction in brick and Vosges sandstone (his personal trademark) in 1932.
The town hall
Built in 1930, this town hall was inspired by ‘Flemish’ architecture. The interior was designed by architect Lepercq. A carillon was installed in 2000. The chimes play the notes of L’eau vive (fresh water) composed by Guy Béart all through the day in tribute to the Deûle valley.
The German cemetery
Behind the municipal cemetery, 1,964 German soldiers were buried in a special cemetery marked by a monument. Quesnoy-sur-Deûle was occupied by the Germany army from October 1914 to October 1918. In 1916, the village was entirely evacuated and was used as the first rest area behind the Front.
Quesnoysien Canoe & Kayak Club offers courses for beginners and more experienced canoers as well as introduction sessions. You can also obtain your boating licence from Quesnoy Plaisance.
Fête des Allumoirs: a parade weaves through the town with sweets handed out. Awards given to the best allumoirs or lanterns made by the children.
Grand Perne walking trail : this is an easy trail that takes walkers through Ferrain country, along quiet back roads and the Deûle riverbanks.