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Gamaches is located in France
Coordinates: 49°59′15″N 1°33′29″E / 49.9875°N 1.5581°E / 49.9875; 1.5581Coordinates: 49°59′15″N 1°33′29″E / 49.9875°N 1.5581°E / 49.9875; 1.5581
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Gamaches
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jacques Pecquery
Area1 9.92 km2 (3.83 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,992
 • Density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80373 / 80220
Elevation 19–126 m (62–413 ft)
(avg. 32 m or 105 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.

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


Gamaches is situated on the D1015, on the banks of the Bresle River, the border with Seine-Maritime, some 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Abbeville.
Huge lakes to the west of the town are a paradise for naturalists, anglers and water sports enthusiasts.


  • 1471 Louis XI and the Burgundians wage war in and around the town. A year or so later, Charles the Bold ravaged Picardy in the continuing battle with Burgundy. The plague decimated not only the troops but also the local populace.
  • Gamache has, for a long time, been linked with the manufacture of glass.


Historical population of Gamaches
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 3194 3216 3467 3270 3099 2949 2992
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

  • The war memorial
  • The thirteenth century church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, with its flamboyant gothic tower, is the result of successive architectural influences.
  • The old railway line, opened in 1872 and closed in 1993 [1]
  • The lakes

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