Ham, Somme

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Ham
Statue of General Foy
Statue of General Foy
Coat of arms of Ham
Coat of arms
Ham is located in France
Ham
Ham
Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.7472°N 3.0736°E / 49.7472; 3.0736Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.7472°N 3.0736°E / 49.7472; 3.0736
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Ham
Intercommunality Pays Hamois
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Marc Bonef
Area1 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 5,438
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80410 / 80400
Elevation 57–84 m (187–276 ft)
(avg. 65 m or 213 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.

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

Geography[edit]

Ham is situated on the D930 and D937 crossroads, some 21 kilometres (13 mi) southwest of Saint-Quentin, in the far southeast of the department, near the border with the department of the Aisne. The nearby villages of Estouilly and Saint-Sulpice joined the commune of Ham in 1965 and 1966 respectively.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Ham, Somme
Year 1851 1896 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 2375 3254 3598 5279 5697 6074 6041 5532 5398 5438
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

History[edit]

Mentioned for the first time in 932 as a possession of the seigneur Erard, junior member of the Counts of Ponthieu. The town was later conquered by the Counts of Vermandois in the 12th century. In the 14th century it was owned by a family from Ham itself. From April 7 to June 3, 1917, Ham was home to the Lafayette Escadrille.

The Castle of Ham[edit]

Car park and approach to the Château entrance

The first stone ramparts were put up in the 13th century by the local nobleman, Odon IV.
In the 15th century, the château was transformed into a formidable fortress by John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny
In 1465, John's nephew, Louis of Luxembourg, built a huge donjon, 33m high, 33m in diameter with walls 11m thick[1]
In 1917, German forces blew up much of the château. All that remains are the entrance tower and vestiges of the donjon and ramparts.

Personalities[edit]


Twin towns[edit]

Germany Eisfeld, Germany

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ham, its castle and its prisoners, Charles Gomart, 1864, réédition "La Vague Verte" en 2000.

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