Falvy

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Falvy
Falvy Lake
Falvy Lake
Falvy is located in France
Falvy
Falvy
Coordinates: 49°49′30″N 2°57′35″E / 49.825°N 2.9597°E / 49.825; 2.9597Coordinates: 49°49′30″N 2°57′35″E / 49.825°N 2.9597°E / 49.825; 2.9597
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Nesle
Intercommunality Nesle
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Louis Duclaux
Area1 6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 142
 • Density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80300 / 80190
Elevation 51–91 m (167–299 ft)
(avg. 60 m or 200 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.

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

Geography[edit]

Falvy is situated on the D103 road, on the banks of the river Somme, some 19 miles (31 km) west of Saint Quentin.

History[edit]

Falvy originated as a Gaulish village. Known by different names over the centuries :Fala, Falvicum in 1135, Phalevi in 1146, then Fallevy or Falevi sur Somme and finally Falvy Principle events :

  • In the 12th century, Raoul I de Nesle, seigneur of both Nesle and Falvy, gave the windmill of Falvy-sur-Somme to the church at Saint-Quentin.
  • 1629 and Louis XIII dismantles the château, a medieval fortress
  • On 22 November 1916, fighter-ace-pilot Georges Guynemer claimed his 23rd victim at Falvy.
  • On 9 August 1918, the bridge at Falvy was attacked by Lieutenant James Alfred Keating, an American volunteer in the RFC. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Falvy
Year 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 138 117 118 108 116 106 100 142
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of Saint Benoite has dimensions that are relative to a time when the population was larger. Its origin was as a chapel to the chateau. It was victim of revolutionary vandalism in 1792, losing much of its embellishment and harmony by such destruction.
  • The lake

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