Oisemont is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.
Geography [ edit ]
Oisemont is situated on the junction of the D25, D29 and D936 roads, some 10 south of
Abbeville and 25 miles (40 km) west of Amiens.
Population [ edit ]
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates
History [ edit ]
The name has its origins in
Celtic religion and mythology, as ‘mont of Ésus. Over the centuries, it has been known as Ossemons, Aussemons and Wessemont. There is evidence pointing to Acheulean origins and Roman occupation. [1 ]
By 1275, the town was the seat of the
provost of the Vimeu. [1 ] The
Templars of Acheux became a part of the [2 ] bailiwick of Oisemont, setting up a preceptory of the house of Aisseu. In 1307, a second headquarters was set up by the
Knights Hospitaller. The building still stands today, in the ‘rue de la Commanderie’, as do several other historic buildings [3 ] The castle was destroyed in 1346 by the army of
Edward III during the Hundred Years War. It had defensive ramparts to protect the inhabitants in times of attack. It was rebuilt and destroyed again in 1370 by John of Gaunt. [4 ] A Templar hospital was built on the site of the present old-peoples’ home. All that remains is a stone cross.
The year 1472 saw
Charles the Bold set fire to the town, reducing it to ashes. [1 ] During the
Wars of Religion of the 16th century, the town was an important Protestant centre. By the 17th century, the [1 ] Huguenots were hiding in underground passages for protection.
Places of interest [ edit ]
mairie (town hall) The old windmill. Sitting in the middle of a field, a little way from the town, the brick-built windmill is missing its sails, roofing and windows and is completely abandoned.
The twelfth-century church of Saint-Martin,
with a [5 ] Romanesque entrance and a 42m tower. Restored in 1808, the nave collapsed in 1953 and it was then demolished. The new church was completed in March 1960 The war memorials
The Museum of Local Art, opened in 1976
The market hall, built in 1853
[6 ] The old railway line,
which served as freight transport, but also for passengers, was opened in 1872 and closed in 1993 [7 ] The ruins of the 17th-century château. An entrance gate and octagonal tower are all that remain.
Personalities [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d Source: Oisemont 2 roues
^ ="Templiers.net (2)">Les Templiers et les Croisades sur templiers.net 
^ Source dépliant municipal.
^ Baie de Somme
^ Sources: extraits de dépliant municipale et Paroisse St Martin , photos tirées de: catholique-amiens  et de clochers.org 
^ Source: dépliant municipale
^ Source:extrait tiré d'un dépliant municipale
^ Informations généalogique  et Antiquarium bookshop Comellas-Picardie 
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