Le Hamel, Somme

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Le Hamel
Commune
Le Hamel (Somme) clocher de l eglise.jpg
Le Hamel is located in 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
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Corbie
Intercommunality Val de Somme
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Stéphane Chevin
Area1 9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 510
 • Density 56/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80411 /80800
Elevation 28–101 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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Le Hamel 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.

Like many places in the region, Le Hamel has experienced the ravages of war through the ages, from the conflicts between the French kings and their English, Burgundian, and Spanish adversaries to the battles of the First World War. It was a pivotal place in the latter conflict as the site of the Battle of Hamel which took place on 4 July 1918 and was a prelude to the summer offensive of 8 August later in the same year.

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 of Le Hamel, Somme
Year 1794 1800 1831 1851 1876 1901 1921 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2014
Population 595 622 960 1256 961 869 386 466 453 495 448 472 469 451 489 519 526 510
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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