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Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France

"Dieppe, a seaport town of France, ...on the English Channel, and 33 miles N, of Rouen, Lat. of light house, 49° 55' 7" N.; lon. 1° 5' 2" E. Two lines of rail. way connect it with Paris. It is divided into the town proper and the suburb Le Pollet, which communicate by a flying bridge, both being well furnished with water from an aqueduct. There is also a well-built southwestern suburb, called La Barre. The principal edifices are an old castle on a cliff W. of the town, 2 churches the town hall, hospital, college, theatre, public library, baths, and a school of navigation. The port, enclosed by 2 jetties and bordered by quays, was small and inconvenient, but has been much enlarged and improved, so that it is now the best on the Channel. It has several spacious wet-docks. Dieppe has an active general trade, ship building docks, manufactures of ivory-wares, watches, lace, &c... Pop. (1891) 21,503."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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  • Dieppe, France
    Château de Dieppe
    The Château de Dieppe is a castle in the French town of Dieppe in the Seine-Maritime département. The castle was founded in 1188, and was destroyed in 1195. The site was restored in the 14th century. The castle was later in large... Read MORE...

  • Two of France's best navigators, Michel le Vasseur and his brother Thomas le Vasseur, lived in Dieppe when they were recruited to join the expedition of René Goulaine de Laudonnière which departed Le Havre for Florida on April 20, 1564.
    The expedition resulted in the construction of Fort Caroline, the first French colony in the New World.

  • History
    First recorded as a small fishing settlement in 1030, Dieppe was an important prize fought over during the Hundred Years' War. Dieppe housed the most ...Read MORE...

  • Dieppe was the premier port of the kingdom in the 17th century.
    On July 23, 1632, 300 colonists heading to New France departed from Dieppe.

  • At the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, Dieppe lost 3,000 of its Huguenot citizens, who fled abroad.

  • Dieppe was an important target in wartime; the town was largely destroyed by an Anglo-Dutch naval bombardment in 1694.

  • Dieppe was rebuilt after 1696 in a typical French classical style by Ventabren, an architect, who gave it its unique feature for a sea port.

  • Dieppe was popularised as a seaside resort following the 1824 visit of the widowed Duchess of Berry, daughter-in-law of Charles X.
    She encouraged the building of the recently renovated municipal theatre, the Petit-Théâtre (1825), associated particularly with Camille Saint-Saëns.

  • During the later 19th century, Dieppe became popular with English artists as a beach resort.
    Prominent literary figures such as Arthur Symons loved to keep up with the latest fads of avant-garde France here, and during "the season" sometimes s...Read MORE...

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  • Dieppe, France

  • Dieppe was occupied by German naval and army forces after the fall of France in 1940.

  • 1942 - The Dieppe Raid in the Second World War was a costly battle for the Allies.
    On August 19, 1942, Allied soldiers, mainly drawn from the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, landed at Dieppe in the hope of occupying the town for a sh...Read MORE...

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