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The town of Le Quesnoy has somehow missed much of the Industrial Revolution.
In the mid-twelfth century, Count of Hainaut Baldwin IV the builder surrounded the town of Quesnoy with ditches and ramparts and also built in 1150 the castle which became an important the center of the fortifications of the town (now the Centre Cernay and the fire station).
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.
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.