Warlus, Somme

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Warlus is located in France
Coordinates: 49°55′29″N 1°56′43″E / 49.9247°N 1.9453°E / 49.9247; 1.9453Coordinates: 49°55′29″N 1°56′43″E / 49.9247°N 1.9453°E / 49.9247; 1.9453
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Ailly-sur-Somme
Intercommunality Somme Sud Ouest
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Bruno Mariage
Area1 8.12 km2 (3.14 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 230
 • Density 28/km2 (73/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80821 /80270
Elevation 37–130 m (121–427 ft)
(avg. 48 m or 157 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.

Warlus is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. Warlus is situated 16 miles(26 km) west of Amiens, on the D18 road. One place of interest in Walrus is the sixteenth-century church of Saint-Apre. This is a very beautiful place.


Historical population of Warlus, Somme
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 229 238 218 249 219 225 229
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


The name of Warlus may have its origins in the name of an early bishop. Other sources say it comes from the Anglo-Saxon war(store or watch) and lux (light). In the 12th century, there was once a high tower which may have been used as a beacon during wartime.
There is nothing to suggest that Warlus is very old. It doesn't appear to have had a castle and seems to have grown around a former convent, of which few vestiges remain (a few walls and some underground passages). The priors came from the Abbey of Selaincourt.
In the 12th century, the population grouped around the monastery and build a church. In the 16th & 17th centuries the seigneurs came from the Crequy family of Poix-de-Picardie.
During the Hundred Years War, the English went through the territory (there's an 'English path' in Warlus woods) from Poix-de-Picardie to Airaines.
The tithes belonged to the abbey of Saint-Martin, Saint-Pierre of Selaincourt and Berteaucourt, and the Celestine convent.


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