The town’s history

Saint Pol sur Mer is a French commune, located in the department of Nord (59), in Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region.


The commune was created in 1877, a part separated from the commune of Petite-Synthe, which is now disappeared for it has been incorporated as the town of Dunkirk in 1972.

Saint-Pol-sur-Mer owes its name to a tavern which was located on the edge of town : « Le Saint-Pol », named after the Chevalier de Saint-Pol-Hécourt, who was the companion of Jean Bart, the famous corsair from Dunkirk. In 1889, « sur Mer » was added to the name of the town, for the town owned fields on the waterfront, but the town of Dunkirk purchased them in 1912 in order to enlarge its port. 

Now, Saint Pol sur Mer is a commune which is an associate municipality of Dunkirk since the December 9, 2010. Saint-Pol Mayor is Jean-Pierre CLICQ and Dunkirk Mayor is Patrice VERGIETE.

The associated municipality belong to the canton of West-Dunkirk, which includes a part of Dunkirk and the commune of Cappelle-la-Grande.


With a population of 23 000 inhabitants, the commune of Saint-Pol-sur-Mer has various administrative, sports and cultural facilities.

Geographic location



As the cities of the agglomeration of Dunkirk, Saint-Pol-sur-Mer is located in the natural region of Blootland, which is characterized by flat landscapes and many canals. The city area is 5,14 square kilometers (1,98 square miles).

The town anthem

Heraldry and flags

The old coat of arms

The current coat of arms (since 1980)


The flag of Saint Pol sur Mer


Important people related to Saint Pol sur Mer


Georges Guynemer : fighter pilot

Robert Prigent : politician

Jean-Noël Vandaele : painter (related to Lycée Guynemer from 1981 to 1995)

José-Karl Pierre-Fanfan : french football player

Michel de Decker : historian born in Saint Pol sur Mer

Georges Vancauwenberghe : First Mayor of Saint-Pol (1877-1910), founder of Zuydcoote’s Sanatorium

Marc-Antoine de Saint Pol Hécourt : Captain of the squadron « Les Vaisseaux du Roi » (The Vessels of the King)

Charles Gadenne : carver


places and monuments in saint pol sur mer

  • The Jean Bart lock from XVIIth century
  • The flax textile factory, with a roofing supported by arches and crosspieces
  • The last house of Georges Guynemer, where he spent his last night
  • Saint Benoit Church
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • The gazebo
  • Complexe de la Ferme Marchand (sports infrastructure)