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Wevelgem is a municipality located in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the towns of Gullegem, Moorsele and Wevelgem proper. On January 1, 2006, Wevelgem had a total population of 31,020. The total area is 38.76 km² which gives a population density of 800 inhabitants per km².You can reach Wevelgem by car (E403 - A19 - R8 ), by boat (De Leie), by air (Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport) or by train.Wevelgem is known for the annual Gent–Wevelgem bicycle road race which finishes in the town.HistoryThe earliest known mention dates from 1197. Wevelgem was home to the Cistercian Guldenberg Abbey in the 13th-14th centuries, which owned grain mills in various locations. From c. 1278 to 1310, abbess Ida was in charge, though Marc Brion lists it as an abbey for men.In the old days, the river De Leie used to be very important for Wevelgem. The people used the river to soak flax, before they processed it in one of the many flax factories in Wevelgem. That is also the reason De Leie got the nickname The Golden River, referring to the color of the flax. Because you could earn lots of money with flax, many people came to Wevelgem and stayed there for many generations. Nowadays, the cultivation of flax is not so important, but there are still some factories where they process flax.
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