Dompierre-sur-Authie

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Dompierre-sur-Authie
Dompierre-sur-Authie is located in France
Dompierre-sur-Authie
Dompierre-sur-Authie
Coordinates: 50°18′13″N 1°55′09″E / 50.3036°N 1.9192°E / 50.3036; 1.9192Coordinates: 50°18′13″N 1°55′09″E / 50.3036°N 1.9192°E / 50.3036; 1.9192
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Crécy-en-Ponthieu
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Philippe Padieu
Area
 • Land1 22.73 km2 (8.78 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 415
 • Population2 density 18/km2 (47/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80248 / 80150
Elevation 12–101 m (39–331 ft)
(avg. 18 m or 59 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.

Dompierre-sur-Authie is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

It is slowly depopulating like most of the countryside towns of this region, with the last shop and last hairdresser in the village having closed in the 1990s. Nevertheless, there is a strong identity and social life in the town, which retains its own primary school.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated on the D119 road, on the banks of the river Authie, the department border with the Pas-de-Calais, some 17 miles (27 km) north of Abbeville. The railway line, part of the Réseau des Bains de Mer system opened on 19 June 1892 and closed on 10 March 1947. Dompierre-sur-Authie was the northern terminus of the branch from Abbeville. The station is still standing and recognisable as such, though it is now a private dwelling.

History[edit]

There are two buildings in the town which are described as chateaux. The town is mentioned (though its name is misspelled) in the Appendix of Heinz Guderian's memoirs 'Panzer Leader', and it is clear that Guderian moved his units through Dompierre on 22 May 1940 and briefly had his HQ stationed there when moving from Abbeville in the direction of Montreuil-sur-Mer.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Dompierre-sur-Authie
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 545 578 559 526 436 404 415
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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