Villers-Faucon

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Villers-Faucon
Villers-Faucon is located in France
Villers-Faucon
Villers-Faucon
Coordinates: 49°58′39″N 3°06′00″E / 49.9775°N 3.1°E / 49.9775; 3.1Coordinates: 49°58′39″N 3°06′00″E / 49.9775°N 3.1°E / 49.9775; 3.1
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Roisel
Intercommunality Canton of Roisel
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) André Brouette
Area
 • Land1 11.42 km2 (4.41 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 673
 • Population2 density 59/km2 (150/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80802 / 80240
Elevation 75–144 m (246–472 ft)
(avg. 104 m or 341 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.

Villers-Faucon is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated 15 miles(24 km) northwest of Saint Quentin, at the D72 and D101 crossroads, in the far east of the département. The commune also includes the hamlet of Sainte-Emilie.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Villers-Faucon
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 904 916 803 704 662 625 673
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

History[edit]

According to Abbot Decagny of Roisel, Villers-Faucon was originally Villers-Falcon and previously Villare Falconis, which means,in Latin, villa of the hawks. Villers-Faucon’s original puprpose was that of a falconry, located in the heart of the forest of Arrouaise.
The village was almost totally destroyed in 1916, during the First World War. Following a withdrawal of German troops around the Hindenburg line, the inhabitants were evacuated to the north to Denain, tons of dynamite were set off around all of the buildings in the town (including the sugar refinery at St. Emilie) and all the trees were cut down, to leave the field open for the approach of troops. The village was destroyed, but the cemetery was left untouched.
After the conflict, reconstruction began, which lasted almost a decade, led by a rebuilding cooperative led by Louis Faille.

Sites and monuments[edit]

  • Notre Dame church was rebuilt in 1932 by architect Louis Faille. It's one of many public buildings completed by the architect in his work during the period of reconstruction of the eastern part of the Somme.

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