World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article


Article Id: WHEBN0000829399
Reproduction Date:

Title: Kępno  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Kępno County, Edward Lasker, National roads in Poland, Kamil Drygas, Poznań Voivodeship (1921–39)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia


Town hall
Town hall
Flag of Kępno
Coat of arms of Kępno
Coat of arms
Kępno is located in Poland
Country  Poland
Voivodeship Greater Poland
County Kępno County
Gmina Gmina Kępno
 • Total 7.8 km2 (3.0 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 14,710
 • Density 1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
Postal code 63-600

Kępno (German: Kempen in Posen) is a town in Poland. It lies on the outskirts of the Greater Poland Voivodeship, as it borders on Silesia and the Łódz Land. As of December 31, 2009 Kępno had a population of 14,760. One popular attraction in Kępno is the recently restored Rynek (market square).


Previously part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Kępno was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in the 1793 Second Partition of Poland. Administered within South Prussia from 1793–1807, it was part of the Napoleonic Duchy of Warsaw from 1807-1815. As Kempen, it was restored to Prussia in the 1815 Congress of Vienna and administered within the Grand Duchy of Posen (until 1848) and the Province of Posen, within which it was the seat of the district Kempen in Posen. The town was a 19th-century shtetl.

On 17 January 1920, after World War I, it became part of the Second Polish Republic. Following the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, Kępno was occupied by the Wehrmacht and annexed by Nazi Germany. It was renamed Kempen and administered as part of the county or district (kreis) of the same name within Reichsgau Wartheland. Red Army troops took the town on January 21, 1945 and with the end of the war, the town became part of the People's Republic of Poland.

Kępno is the ancestral home of the writer Christopher Hitchens.

Notable residents


This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.