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.
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 old coat of arms
The current coat of arms (since 1980)
The flag of 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