Place de la Gare
Quiévrain station was inaugurated on 7 August 1842 by Leopold I, king of the Belgians. In 1846, the French northern line was opened for service. It connects Brussels and Paris via Mons. A true border station, this line’s commercial activity has contributed significantly to Quiévrain’s development. Today closed to the public, the monumental building is worth checking out!
Old Roman road
In Roman times, Quiévrain was called “Caprinium”: “goat wood”. The village was crossed by a Roman road where change and tiles have also been found. At several kilometres long, the road lets you explore the landscapes and views of the countryside. It joins Bavay, a small town in northern France, which has a Gallo-Roman forum dating from the 1st century!
Audregnies Memorial pays tribute to and commemorates the tragic fate of an English battalion devastated on 29 August 1914. Located on the battlefield of Audregnies, this memorial symbolises the front line and represents two armies facing each other. To extend your memorial journey, note that at Audregnies a small parcel of land is reserved for the tombs of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission.
The remains of the abbey and typical rural architecture
“The Abbey” was a long, late-18th-century, Tournai-style building. Located north of the Grand Place, it was entered via a blue stone door dated 1763 which is still visible today. To the east of the building the barn and the orchard gate dating from 1705 are still standing, the only remains of the former Trinitarians monastery.
Measuring 2 ha, the Grand-Place d’Audregnies is the largest green square in Hainaut and Belgium. In the 13th century, it was a huge garden attached to Trinitaires de la Rédemption convent, whose monks worked to buy slaves back. Since 2016, it has laid host to the Médiévales d'Audregnies, a big outdoor show with entertainment, authentic camps, street theatre, concerts and more.
Former castle of Audregnies seigneury
Burned in 1793, the castle had several underground areas that used to serve as cellars, a brewery, a bakery, and even a prison. Audregnies was once a powerful seigneury with legal authority. On the public square, the base of the old pillory still exists. The castle was destroyed during the revolt against Charles V, who gave orders to obliterate it!
La petite Honnelle
La Petite Honnelle, tributary of its big sister La Honnelle which originates in France, has its source in Bavay. It flows in parallel to the Grande Honnelle in Audregnies and Baisieux which it joins a few hundred metres downstream. This river and the watercourses and streams shape the landscapes they cross, standing out in relief next to trees and hedges in particular.
Typical narrow streets
Strolling through Baisieux will immerse you in its history. Its cobbled narrow streets and buildings are characteristically interwoven and intersectioned. They also house large agricultural properties buried in the very heart of ancient dwellings.
Place de Baisieux
Here you’ll discover the old town hall and school, dating from the second half of the 19th century. Not far from here, the church of Baisieux and its brick tower protect some treasures. A 17th century statue depicting Saint Algedonde, as well as a few possessions which belonged to the Trinitarians of Audregnies.
Petite and Grande Honnelle
Baisieux is surprising in that it is the only village crossed by the two Honnelles rivers, the Grande and Petite. Nevertheless, the village is part of the entity of Quiévrain and not of the neighbouring Honnelles, which has the same name as these rivers. Finally, the Aunelle, third watercourse which flows into the Haut-Pays, marks the border between Baisieux and France.
Along Duit wood
The programme includes typical old farms, and at the bend of the path starting from the church towards Déduit wood (du Duit) you can’t miss Notre-Dame du Bon Remède chapel. Young children who take their time learning how to walk are probably still taken there to accelerate the process.
The present-day Saint-Martin church dates from the 16th century, but we can suppose that Saint Martin destroyed a pagan temple which was in Quiévrain in the 4th century to establish a Christian church. This parish, like most of those with churches dedicated to Saint Martin, contains traces of the Romans’ presence. The bell tower was built around 1680 according to the drawings of Valencian architect Louis de Longpont.