ARMENTIÈRES, a town of northern France, in the department
of Nord, on the Lys, 13 m. W.N.W. of Lille on the Northern
railway from that city to Dunkirk. Pop. (1906) 25,408. The
chief building is the hôtel de ville with a 17th-centurybelfry.
There are communal colleges for girls and boys, a board of
trade-arbitrators, a chamber of commerce and a national technical
school. The town is an important centre for the spinning and
weaving of flax and cotton; bleaching, dyeing and the
manufacture of machinery are among the other industries. Its
industrial prosperity dates from the middle ages, when, however,
woollen, not cotton, goods were the staple product.
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