The district of Frameries encompasses the villages of Eugies, La Bouverie, Noirchain and Sars-la-Bruyère, whose history goes back into the mists of time and whose inhabitants have always been able to combine their past with their present.
In the 7th century, the land belonged to Walbert, the father of St Waltrude, the patron saint of Mons. Historical texts mention the existence of collieries here in the 13th century, and coalmining brought great wealth to the area through the ages. The only mediaeval remains today are the ruins of Temple Farm and the pillory.
Frameries has transformed its ugly mining spoil heaps into nature reserves which have become home to an incredibly diverse flora and fauna, and which offer many wonderful walks or cycle rides for all the family.
Its industrial past has left significant marks on the district, with many remains of these periods of industrial growth, both buried underground and lurking on the surface. They also bear witness to the suffering of many local people, which is also illustrated at Le PASS, a science adventure park in a former colliery and the Fabrique de Théâtre, in a former shoe-making school.
Throughout the year there are a huge number of festivities and events, including the Frameries Patronal Festival (celebrating St Waltrude, the town’s patron saint), the Flower Market on 1 May, and the Eugies Jumble Sale, with more than 550 stalls. Frameries was also an important site in the First World War. The battle of 24 August took place in 3 different parts of the district.