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Wissant is a seaside commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France.GeographyWissant is a fishing port and farming village located approximately 18km north of Boulogne, 16km west-southwest of Calais, 36km southeast of Dover, 53km west-southwest of Dunkirk, 66km from the Belgian coast, 191km north of Le Havre, 523km northeast of Brest, and 231km north of Paris, at the junction of the D238 and the D940 roads, on the English Channel coast.HistoryLocated at the eastern end of a lagoon formed by a storm-breach of the coastal dunes, probably in the mid-10th century, Wissant has been a fishing village for a millennium: along with Audresselles it is the last fishing village in France to use a traditional method of fishing using a wooden boat called a flobart and was in the Middle Ages a major port for embarkation for England: In a mid-11th century Life of St. Vulganius, Wissant was specified, probably anachronistically, as the natural disembarkation point for the early eighth-century Celtic saint in his evangelizing travels. Wissant was the embarkation port of Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester, for his ill-fated invasion of England in 1173, with an army of 3000 Flemings. Henry III of England of England was stranded at Wissant for lack of cash. According to Matthew Paris (mid-13th century) its naucleri habitually interfered with English fishing fleets.Wissant is in Pas-de-Calais. Plan the details of your Wissant holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use France trip planner.
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