Ham, Somme

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Ham
Statue of General Foy
Statue of General Foy
Coat of arms of Ham
Coat of arms
Location of Ham
Ham is located in France
Ham
Ham
Ham is located in Hauts-de-France
Ham
Ham
Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.7472°N 3.0736°E / 49.7472; 3.0736Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.7472°N 3.0736°E / 49.7472; 3.0736
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentSomme
ArrondissementPéronne
CantonHam
IntercommunalityCC Est de la Somme
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Marc Bonef
Area
1
9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)2[1]
4,810
 • Density510/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
80410 /80400
Elevation57–84 m (187–276 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.

Ham (Picard: Hin) is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Geography[edit]

Ham is situated on the D930 and D937 crossroads, some 21 kilometres (13 mi) southwest of Saint-Quentin, in the far southeast of the department, near the border with the department of the Aisne. The nearby villages of Estouilly and Saint-Sulpice joined the commune of Ham in 1965 and 1966 respectively.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Ham, Somme
Year1851189619541962196819751982199019992006
Population2375325435985279569760746041553253985438
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

History[edit]

Mentioned for the first time in 932 as a possession of the seigneur Erard, junior member of the Counts of Ponthieu. The town was later conquered by the Counts of Vermandois in the 12th century. In the 14th century it was owned by a family from Ham itself. From April 7 to June 3, 1917, Ham was home to the Lafayette Escadrille

The Castle of Ham[edit]

Car park and approach to the Château entrance

The first stone ramparts were put up in the 13th century by the local nobleman, Odon IV.
In the 15th century, the château was transformed into a formidable fortress by John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny
In 1465, John's nephew, Louis of Luxembourg, built a huge donjon, 33m high, 33m in diameter with walls 11m thick[2]
In 1917, German forces blew up much of the château. All that remains are the entrance tower and vestiges of the donjon and ramparts.

Personalities[edit]

Twin towns[edit]

Germany Eisfeld, Germany

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Ham, its castle and its prisoners, Charles Gomart, 1864, réédition "La Vague Verte" en 2000.

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