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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.Mayor, aldermen, men of fiefs, (lawyers), a hostel, a hospital and outside, a leper to accommodate lepers (the disease of leprosy had been reported by the Crusaders from the East).Baldwin and his wife were still living, according to the scrolls, in 1169 in Le Quesnoy.
Appearing as Caisnetum in romanized charters to try to match the Picard language of the 11th to 14th century and as Haismont-Caisnoit; The Kaisnoit; The Caisnoy; Caisnoit; and Quesnoyt in property titles of the same period (surveys of Hainaut of Cambrai, and Condé).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.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.
Quenoy is the Picard equivalent of existing alternate French chênaie.