Gentelles

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Gentelles
Gentelles is located in France
Gentelles
Gentelles
Coordinates: 49°50′45″N 2°27′28″E / 49.8458°N 2.4578°E / 49.8458; 2.4578Coordinates: 49°50′45″N 2°27′28″E / 49.8458°N 2.4578°E / 49.8458; 2.4578
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Boves
Intercommunality Val de Somme
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Christian Alix
Area1 5.57 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,787
 • Density 860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80376 / 80800
Elevation 65–118 m (213–387 ft)
(avg. 117 m or 384 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.

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

Geography[edit]

Gentelles is situated on the D168 road, some 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Amiens.

History[edit]

The village has been known by various name through its history: Gentilla, Gentella, Gentèle, Gentela, Gentelles, Gentilles, Le Gendalle and finally Gentelles.

It was the first town to be given to the abbey of Corbie by Clovis II and Saint Bathilde.

On November 27, 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, Gentelles was the scene of a skirmish between the 20th Battalion of Chasseurs and the Germans. There were 25 fatalities, of which 12 were French, who are buried in the cemetery, where later a memorial was erected.
During World War I, the village was at the centre of fighting during the Battle of the Somme and was all but destroyed.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Gentelles
Year 1896 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 545 269 299 358 359 446 461 478
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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