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Fécamp (Municipality, Seine-Maritime, France)

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Flag of Fécamp, current and former flags - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 7 February 2021

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Presentation of Fécamp

The municipality of Fécamp (27,373 inhabitants in 2018; 1,507 ha) is located 40 km north of Le Havre.

Fécamp thrived around the castle founded in 932 by William I Long-Sword, Duke of Normandy, which that was to be the residence of the Dukes of Normandy up until the incorporation of the duchy to France in 1204. The castle was the birthplace of many Norman dukes, including Richard I of Normandy (born 933) and Richard II of Normandy (who died in 1027). In 1202, King John of England granted a community system to Fécamp. In 1410 the English razed the town which was freed from English occupation in 1449.
In July 1593, Captain de Bois-Rosé rallied the town to Henry IV after his conversion to Catholicism. Charles II of England landed at Fécamp on 16 October 1651, soon after the battle of Worcester, where he had been defeated by Cromwell.
Throughout the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, Fécamp was the chief fishing port in France for cod and cod-related fish. This ended in the 1970s, when Canada prevented all access to their fishing banks.

In 1863 Alexandre Le Grand developed in Fécamp a recipe for an herbal liqueur, helped by a local chemist, from old medicinal recipes that he had acquired from a religious foundation where a maternal grandparent had held office as a fiscal prosecutor. To market it, he embellished a story of it having been developed by monks at the Benedictine Abbey of Fécamp, and produced by them until the abbey's devastation during the French Revolution.

Olivier Touzeau, 7 February 2021

Flag of Fécamp

The flag of Fécamp (photo, photo, photo) is blue with the municipal logo (with the letters all in white), which was adopted in 2012. The former flag of Fécamp (photo) was white with the formerlogo (without text).

Olivier Touzeau, 7 February 2021

Société des Régates de Fécamp


Burgee of SRF - Image by Ivan Sache, 13 July 2002

The SRF was founded in 1869. Its burgee is diagonally divided blue-white-red, with a yellow star in the white field.

Ivan Sache, 13 July 2002

Fécamp-Bolbec Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Flag of CCI Fécamp-Bolbec - Image by Ivan Sache, 20 April 2018

CCI Fécamp-Bolbec was established in 2008 as the merger of CCI Fécamp and CCI Bolbec-Lillebonne, encompassing 91 municipalities. It was merged in 2016 with CCI Le Havre and CCI Pays d'Auge to form CCI Seine Estuaire, of which it is now a Delegation (website).
CCI Fécamp-Bolbec was granted in 1984 the management of the port of Fécamp (5 basins and 9 quays dedicated to commerce [500,000 tons/year], yachting [900 moorings] and fishing [37 ships]), and of the Fécamp School of Navigation.

The flag of CCI Fécamp-Bolbec (photo) was white with the organization's logo, which features the CCI generic emblem.

Ivan Sache, 20 April 2018