Loeuilly

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Loeuilly
LOEUILLY Eglise Saint Martin.jpg
Loeuilly is located in France
Loeuilly
Loeuilly
Coordinates: 49°46′36″N 2°10′34″E / 49.7767°N 2.1761°E / 49.7767; 2.1761Coordinates: 49°46′36″N 2°10′34″E / 49.7767°N 2.1761°E / 49.7767; 2.1761
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Conty
Intercommunality Canton de Conty
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Gilberte Pomart
Area
 • Land1 17.21 km2 (6.64 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 858
 • Population2 density 50/km2 (130/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80485 / 80160
Elevation 42–152 m (138–499 ft)
(avg. 53 m or 174 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.

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

Geography[edit]

Loeuilly is situated on the D8 road, some 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Amiens, on the banks of a tributary of the Somme river, the river Selle, which splits here into streams and forms many lakes.

The commune is subject to flooding and has measures in place to prevent it.[1]

History[edit]

Loeuilly was inhabited during Gallo-Roman times. The first settlement was alongside the river near a drinking trough, fed by a spring, the Blaire fountain. The water, renowned for its digestive qualities, was sold to the public, before mains water was available.
In 1472, Burgundian troops led by Charles the Bold destroyed the château.
In 1593, the inhabitants tried in vain to stop the Catholic League coming into the village, which was partially burnt down.

Many watermills, and later, factories powered by the water, sprang up along the river, to take advantage of the natural force. A mill pond once filled the area near where the Mairie and car-park are found today.

The railway from Beauvais to Amiens ran through the town from 1876 to 1939. The old route is now a popular walk.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The seventeenth century church of Saint-Martin. The clock on the bell-tower is unusually off-centre.
  • Several old watermills on the banks of the river Selle

Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
602 621 657 831 831 809 858
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates
The Selle
The old railway line

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral du 26 septembre 2005 prescrivant un plan de prévention des risques naturels prévisibles d'inondations sur les communes de Lœuilly, Neuville-lès-Lœuilly, Nampty, Fossemanant and Prouzel