|Area :||26.3 km²|
|Residents:||6828 (Jan. 1, 2019)|
|Population density:||260 inhabitants per km²|
|Post Code:||7350 (Hainin, Hensies, Montrœul-sur-Haine, Thulin)|
|Mayor:||Eric Thiébaut ( PS )|
Local government address :
|Place Communale, 1
Hensies is a municipality in the Belgian province of Hainaut . It lies directly on the border with France ( Département Nord ), around 15 kilometers northeast of Valenciennes and 20 kilometers southwest of Mons . It emerged in 1977 as part of a community reform from the merger of the towns of Hainin, Hensies, Montrœul-sur-Haine and Thulin.
Hensies borders on the neighboring communities
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the hard coal deposits located here were massively dismantled. The Canal de Mons à Condé was built as a transport route, following the Haine river, on the one hand to Mons and on the other to Condé-sur-l'Escaut , where it flows into the Scheldt . In the 1960s, the section to Mons was closed and later replaced by the A7 motorway. Since then, shipping has been carried out on the Nimy-Blaton-Péronnes Canal, which was connected to the old canal at Pommerœul . But this shipping route has also been closed on the French side since 1995.
The former coal mines gradually filled with water and today form an important wetland area , the Marais d'Harchies-Hensies-Pommerœul nature reserve , which belongs to the Belgian nature reserve Scheldt Plains ( French Parc naturel Plaines de l'Escaut ).