Cappy, Somme

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Cappy is located in France
Coordinates: 49°55′44″N 2°45′32″E / 49.9289°N 2.7589°E / 49.9289; 2.7589Coordinates: 49°55′44″N 2°45′32″E / 49.9289°N 2.7589°E / 49.9289; 2.7589
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Bray-sur-Somme
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Didier Degrendel
Area1 11.91 km2 (4.60 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 538
 • Density 45/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80172 / 80340
Elevation 36–96 m (118–315 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.

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


Cappy is situated on the D1 road, some 20 miles (32 km) east of Amiens, by the banks of the river Somme.


  • Two Roman villas have been found within the boundaries of the commune.
  • Known as "Capiacum" in 887, from the earlier name "Caput Loci" which suggests a fortress was built to defend the passage of the Somme.
  • In the 10th century, the village had a priory. Robert I of Péronne was the seigneur.
  • In 1260, Cappy was one of 25 Picardie towns to receive its charter from Louis IX.
  • In 1373, The priory, the village and the château were destroyed by the Earl of Warwick.
  • The village was also pillaged during the wars with Spain.


Historical population of Cappy, Somme
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 529 549 513 510 484 485 538
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


  • Saint-Nicolas church, built in the lower village. The tower dates from 1654. Partially rebuilt in 1920, after the battles of 1916.
  • The railway museum 'Chemin de fer Froissy-Dompierre'.

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