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Wavrin is located on the left bank of the river Lys, near its confluence with the Scheldt. It is about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south-east of Lille and 10 kilometres (6 miles) north-west of Tourcoing. The town has a population of 6,944 inhabitants as at 2008. History [ edit ] The first mention in history dates from 1015 when Wavrin was burned by Robert II, Count of Flanders during his conflict with King Louis IV d'Outremer. In 1340 it was besieged by Philip VI's army led by John I, Duke of Normandy which captured it after seven weeks; this event marked an important step in English expansion towards Calais and Boulogne. During World War I Wavrin received many refugees fleeing from Belgium occupied by German troops: they were housed in barracks built for them between 1914 and 1918 under French administration until 1919 when France ceded them to Belgium according to Treaty conditions.