The closure of industrial enterprises (Cofradec, Duarte, dairy products) and services (transport) remains problematic even though there have been some new sources of work such as with the Emig company.
The town comes alive on Friday morning still for its weekly market.
The new count, however, preferred to remain in Valenciennes rather than Le Quesnoy.
The park extended to the southeast (to Beaudignies and the edge of it is met with a mill near wetlands known as "the Pond du Gard".
Desiring to populate his new fortified town, the Count enacted in 1161 a charter granting privileges to many people: the town prospered and there embraced a ...
The town of Le Quesnoy has somehow missed much of the Industrial Revolution.
Unlike the neighboring towns of Valenciennes or Maubeuge, iron/steel works did not take hold.
The son of the Count (later Baldwin V, Count of Hainaut) married the said year 1169 in Le Quesnoy Margaret of Alsace, sister of Thierry of Alsace Count of Flanders: the wedding was gorgeous and the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa was present in person.
Baldwin V of Hainaut inherited in 1171 the title of Count of Hainaut in the death of his father, he was nicknamed The Brave (he was also later Baldwin VIII of Flanders).
The town with its ramparts, its castle ponds and its history (including the Revolutionary Armed bivouac and the New Zealanders Monument on the border of Valenciennes) are major attractions.
The Quesnoy is home to many small traders and a trading area of more than respectable size for a town of less than 5,000 people.
There is a craft, however, firmly maintained until 1945 when a hundred shoemakers were still identifiable.