Airaines

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Airaines
Airaines is located in France
Airaines
Airaines
Coordinates: 49°57′57″N 1°56′39″E / 49.9658°N 1.9442°E / 49.9658; 1.9442Coordinates: 49°57′57″N 1°56′39″E / 49.9658°N 1.9442°E / 49.9658; 1.9442
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Molliens-Dreuil
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Sud-Ouest Amiénois
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Luc Lefebvre
Area
 • Land1 24.88 km2 (9.61 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 2,116
 • Population2 density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80013 / 80270
Elevation 15–116 m (49–381 ft)
(avg. 49 m or 161 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.

Airaines is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated 18 miles (29 km) north west of Amiens,about 18 miles south of Abbeville, at the junction of the D901 and D936 roads.

Hamlets and neighbourhoods[edit]

Dourier before 1914
  • Dourier : Originally a hamlet to the northeast of the town, now a suburb.
  • Dreuil-Hamel : Stretching out to the west, sprinkled with orchards and meadows, this commune was once separate. By decree of 26 September 1972 it was joined with Airaines in a simple merger.

Demography[edit]

Historical population of Airaines
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 1968 2239 2303 2385 2175 2099 2116
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

History[edit]

  • In earlier times, the town flourished, due mainly to the importance of the castle of the dukes of Luynes.
  • During World War II, the town was subject to much destruction in June 1940. The Market hall was destroyed.
  • The years 1985-2000 saw the closure of several important economical activities, resulting in high unemployment

Places and monuments[edit]

  • Saint-Denis church
  • The Priory (Notre Dame church)
  • Dreuil-Hamel church, abandoned and in danger of collapsing
  • The towers of the dukes of Luynes
  • The memorial to Charles N'Tchoréré
  • A monument aux morts with sculptural work by Albert Dominique Roze

People[edit]

Charles N'Tchoréré (15 November 1896 - 1940) was a Gabonese military commander who was shot by the Germans in World War II during the battle for France.

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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