’s-Gravenbrakel  (Dutch)

The kiosk and Town Hall


Coat of arms

Location in Belgium

Coordinates: 50°36′N 04°08′E / 50.600°N 4.133°E / 50.600; 4.133Coordinates: 50°36′N 04°08′E / 50.600°N 4.133°E / 50.600; 4.133
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Soignies
  Mayor Jean-Jacques Flahaux (BRAINE)
  Governing party/ies BRAINE, PS
  Total 84.68 km2 (32.70 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2016)[1]
  Total 21,426
  Density 250/km2 (660/sq mi)
Postal codes 7090
Area codes 067

Braine-le-Comte (Dutch: ’s-Gravenbrakel) is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006, Braine-le-Comte had a total population of 20,305. The total area is 84.68 square kilometres (32.70 sq mi) which gives a population density of 240 inhabitants per km².

The municipality consists of the following sub-municipalities: Hennuyères, Henripont, Petit-Rœulx-lez-Braine, Ronquières, and Steenkerque (Steenkerke).

The Ronquières inclined plane at the Canal du Centre is in the municipality of Braine-Le Comte.

St. Gaugericus' Church


On August 3, 1692, during the Nine Years War, the French army defeated a joint English-Dutch-German army in the Battle of Steenkerque in the current municipality of Braine-le-Comte.

Postal history

The Braine-Le-Compte post-office opened before 1830. It used a postal code 22 with bars (before 1864) and 53 with points before 1874. The Hennuyeres post-office opened on 6 November 1865. It used a postal code 161 with points before 1874. The Ronquieres post-office opened on 10 January 1895.[2]

Postal codes in 1969:[3] - 7198 Ronquières - 7199 Henripont - 7490 Braine-le-Comte - 7491 Steenkerque - 7492 Petit-Rœulx-lez-Braine - 7498 Hennuyères

Notable people


  1. Population per municipality as of 1 January 2016 (XLS; 397 KB)
  2. Catalogue Spécialisé des Oblitérations Belges, NIPA, Antwerp, 1999.
  3. Liste des Numéros Postaux, Administration des Postes, Bruxelles 1969.

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