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LENS

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 421 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LENS, a town of Northern France, in the department of Pasde-Calais, 13 m. N.N.E. of Arras by rail on the Defile and on the Lens canal. Pop. (1906) 27,692. Lens hasimportant iron and steel foundries, and engineering works and manufactories of steel cables, and occupies a central position in the coalfields of the department. Two and a half miles W.S. W.. lies Lievin (pop. 22,070); likewise 'a centre of the coalfield'. In 1648 the neighbourhood of Lens was the scene of a celebrated victory gained by Louis II. of Bourbon, prince of Conde, over the Spaniards.
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