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A glassmaking factory installed near the railway track to the site of the former Intermarché collapsed after World War I.In the Bellevue district, the remains of a factory attest to the presence of a former pottery factory.There is a craft, however, firmly maintained until 1945 when a hundred shoemakers were still identifiable.Shoemakers worked at home for a local company located in rue du Petit Valenciennes(now Désiré Tanis) in a kind of cottage industry.Near the Fauroeulx gate of the town in 1933, Roman pottery was discovered.Under the Merovingian and Carolingian, we find no evidence of a major population centre in the vicinity.
Around the year 842 at the time of King Charles the Bald, they were blocked at Valenciennes, as the river became too narrow for their boats.
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.
The post war boom or ‘trentes glorieuses’ saw develop an industrial outskirts of town: chemical company (Cofradec) and food (Laiterie des 4 Cantons) inaugurated by Charles de Gaulle in 1959.
Today, economic activity is mainly based on tourism and local shops.