Le Hamel, Somme

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Le Hamel
The church in Le Hamel
The church in Le Hamel
Coat of arms of Le Hamel
Location of Le Hamel
Le Hamel is located in France
Le Hamel
Le Hamel
Le Hamel is located in Hauts-de-France
Le Hamel
Le Hamel
Coordinates: 49°53′00″N 2°34′00″E / 49.8833°N 2.5667°E / 49.8833; 2.5667Coordinates: 49°53′00″N 2°34′00″E / 49.8833°N 2.5667°E / 49.8833; 2.5667
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentSomme
ArrondissementAmiens
CantonCorbie
IntercommunalityVal de Somme
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Stéphane Chevin[1]
Area
1
9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
493
 • Density54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
80411 /80800
Elevation28–101 m (92–331 ft)
(avg. 83 m or 272 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Le Hamel (French pronunciation: ​[lə amɛl]) is a commune in the Somme department and Hauts-de-France region of northern France.

Geography[edit]

Le Hamel is situated some 20 km east of Amiens in the valley of the Somme. The surrounding district is the historical Santerre, a lightly wooded and agricultural plateau.

History[edit]

The settlement is first documented in 1184 as belonging to the powerful abbey of Corbie. The name has the same root as hameau ("hamlet"), a small rural settlement.

The town and surrounding countryside was the scene of the Battle of Hamel on 4 July 1918, during World War I. The battle, despite being small in scale, is notable for being the first instance in which combined arms tactics were used in warfare.

Places of interest[edit]

  • A park commemorating the 1000+ Australian troops who died in the Battle of Hamel was inaugurated on 4 July 1998, exactly 80 years after the date of the event. The site symbolises the friendship between France and Australia.
  • The lakes of the Somme valley.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 595—    
1800 622+0.64%
1806 736+2.84%
1821 842+0.90%
1831 960+1.32%
1836 1,017+1.16%
1841 1,063+0.89%
1846 1,108+0.83%
1851 1,256+2.54%
1856 1,146−1.82%
1861 1,112−0.60%
1866 1,070−0.77%
1872 993−1.24%
1876 961−0.82%
1881 949−0.25%
1886 911−0.81%
1891 927+0.35%
1896 844−1.86%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 869+0.59%
1906 799−1.67%
1911 621−4.92%
1921 386−4.64%
1926 484+4.63%
1931 526+1.68%
1936 466−2.39%
1946 453−0.28%
1954 495+1.11%
1962 448−1.24%
1968 472+0.87%
1975 469−0.09%
1982 451−0.56%
1990 489+1.02%
1999 519+0.66%
2007 521+0.05%
2012 515−0.23%
2017 501−0.55%
Source: EHESS[3] and INSEE (1968-2017)[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Le Hamel, EHESS. (in French)
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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