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Le Hamel, Somme

Le Hamel
Le Hamel is located in France
Le Hamel
Le Hamel
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Corbie
Intercommunality Val de Somme
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Stéphane Chevin
Area1 9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 526
 • Density 58/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80411 / 80800
Elevation 28–101 m (92–331 ft)
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Le Hamel is a commune in the Somme department in Picardy in northern France.

Geography

Le Hamel is situated some 16 miles (26 km) east of Amiens in the valley of the Somme. The surrounding district is the historical Santerre, a lightly wooded and agricultural plateau.

History

The name has the same root as ‘hameau’ (eng:hamlet), a small rural settlement
Mentioned for the first time in 1184 as belonging to the powerful abbey of Corbie.
As with many towns in the region, Le Hamel has experienced the ravages of war over many centuries, between the French kings and their adversaries from England, Burgundy and Spain.
A pivotal place during the First World War, the Battle of Hamel on 4 July 1918 was a prelude to the summer offensive of 8 August later the same year.

Places of interest

  • The park commemorating the 1000+ Australian troops that died in the battle was inaugurated on 4 July 1998, exactly 80 years after the day of the battle. The site symbolises the friendship between France and Australia.
  • The lakes of the valley of the Somme.

Population

Historical population of Le Hamel, Somme
Year 1794 1800 1831 1851 1876 1901 1921 1936 1946 1956 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 595 622 960 1256 961 869 386 466 453 495 448 472 469 451 489 519 526
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

See also

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • Le Hamel
  • Santerre 14-18 : World War I in the Santerre
  • Le Hamel on the Quid website (French)


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