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Saint-Georges de Cerisy Church
Saint-Georges de Cerisy Church
Location of Cerisy
Cerisy is located in France
Cerisy is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°54′24″N 2°38′22″E / 49.9067°N 2.6394°E / 49.9067; 2.6394Coordinates: 49°54′24″N 2°38′22″E / 49.9067°N 2.6394°E / 49.9067; 2.6394
IntercommunalityVal de Somme
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Bernard Delporte
10.93 km2 (4.22 sq mi)
 • Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
80184 /80800
Elevation32–92 m (105–302 ft)
(avg. 68 m or 223 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Cerisy is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.


Cerisy is a small village in the district known as the Santerre, to the east of Amiens and 12 km from Albert.

Cerisy is located along the valley of the Somme. A small part of the village is built on the hillside. The houses were originally grouped around the church and the town hall but recent constructions of individual houses spread out along the main axes of the town


The soil of the commune is predominantly clay-siliceous. To the south, there are some very calcareous soils covered with a thin layer of topsoil. Towards Bayonvillers and Lamotte-Warfusée are flint beds. To the north and north-east, the soil is marshy and peaty to the Somme. The plateaux to the south are separated by dry valleys, the most important being the valley of Boisreau.

Economic activities are mainly related to agriculture. On the municipal territory are located an industrial company and a carpentry. There is no more trade in the commune except the passage of street traders such as a bakery and butchery.

The services are represented by a nursing office and the communal school with canteen.

The commune suffers from a relative enclavement, it is connected to the other villages only by secondary roads. A cycle path is being built along the Somme canal and a path for fishermen.[2]


Population of the Cerisy Municipality

The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses carried out in the commune since 1793. From the mid-2000s, the legal populations of the communes are published annually. The census is now based on an annual collection of information, covering successively all the communal territories over a period of five years. For municipalities with less than 10 000 inhabitants, a census survey covering the entire population is carried out every five years, with the legal populations of the intermediate years being estimated by interpolation or extrapolation.[3] For the municipality, the first exhaustive census under the new system was carried out in 2004.[4]

Historical population of Cerisy
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.
The town hall of Cerisy


Cerisy-Gailly became Cerisy is a commune whose origin is very ancient.[5] The village existed before the founding of the abbey of Corbie in the 7th century. It was one of the first donations made to the abbey which had installed a priory and a provost to control the exploitation of the land.

The seignior of Cerisy was from the castle of Bray-sur-Somme. A communal charter was granted to Cerisy in 1159 and the parish was created in 1220. In the 15th century, Cerisy was ravaged by the Burgundians as a stone engraved in the portal of the church indicates.

On August 4, 1636, the Spaniards crossed the Somme at Cerisy, unable to do so at Bray. In 1693, a school was founded in Cerisy. At the Revolution, the priory was suppressed and from 1870-1871 the population had to undergo the requisitions of the Prussian army. From 1914 to 1918, the village saw a large number of troops gathering on the way to the marching up down the front line.

On January 1, 1966, the town then known as Gailly became a hamlet of Sailly-Laurette of which it is separated only by the Somme and Gailly took the name of Cerisy.

By a prefectoral order of 27 December 2016, the commune was detached on 1 January 2017 from the arrondissement of Péronne to integrate the arrondissement of Amiens.[6]

Cerisy château

The mayor is Claudie Duthoit.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

Saint-Georges de Cerisy Church[edit]

Saint Georges’ church dates from the thirteenth century.

The L'église Saint-Georges de Cerisy church is at the center of the village de Cerisy. The building of the church dates from the 13th century for the bell tower and the nave and from the 16th century for the rest of the building.[7] The church was partially destroyed during the First World War and restored during the interwar period. It is protected under historical monuments classification by order of 5 August 1919.[8]

The church built in stone is Gothic style. The two lateral portals are Renaissance style, the north portal dates from 1576, the south portal from 1566, it is decorated with a sculpture representing the Descent from the Cross with Joseph of Arimathea supporting Jesus in the middle of the Virgin and the Women Saints. The bell tower has a portal remade in the 18th century,[9] and a carillon that regularly sounds religious tunes such as the Ave Maria or popular tunes.

After the Great War, there was found in the ruins of the church, the ruins of a baptismal vessel made of sculpted stone of the 13th century which was restored. The baptismal font consists of a basin carved in a capital that rests on a short column.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Mairie de Cerisy, octobre 2012.
  3. ^ https://www.insee.fr/fr/information/2383265
  4. ^ http://www.insee.fr/fr/statistiques/fichier/2383265/annee-collecte-2016-commune.xls[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Abbé Paul Decagny Histoire de l'arrondissement de Péronne et de plusieurs localités circonvoisines, vol1,(Amiens, 1865), Société des antiquaires de Picardie, reprise, Paris 1990, Res Universis, Le Livre d'histoire-Lorisse.
  6. ^ Arrêté préfectoral portant modification des limites territoriales des arrondissements de la Somme - Recueil n°200 des actes administratifs du 27 décembre 2016 des Hauts-de-France » [archive, sur http://www.prefectures-regions.gouv.fr/hauts-de-france/ [archive], 27 décembre 2016 (consulté le 15 janvier 2017).
  7. ^ http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/memoire_fr?ACTION=CHERCHER&FIELD_1=LBASE&VALUE_1=PA00116116
  8. ^ Notice no PA00116116 at Monuments historiques ministère français de la Culture.
  9. ^ Abbé Paul Decagny, Histoire de l'arrondissement de Péronne et de plusieurs localités circonvoisines, 1865 ; réédition, Bray-sur-Somme et ses environs, Paris, Le Livre d'histoire Lorisse, 1990, p. 55.

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