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Coordinates: 49°50′45″N 2°27′28″E / 49.8458°N 2.4578°E / 49.8458; 2.4578Coordinates: 49°50′45″N 2°27′28″E / 49.8458°N 2.4578°E / 49.8458; 2.4578

Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Boves
Intercommunality Val de Somme
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Christian Alix
 • Land1 5.57 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 4,787
 • Population2 density 860/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80376 / 80800
Elevation 65–118 m (213–387 ft)
(avg. 117 m or 384 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.

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


Gentelles is situated on the D168 road, some 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Amiens.


The village has been known by various name through its history: Gentilla, Gentella, Gentèle, Gentela, Gentelles, Gentilles, Le Gendalle and finally Gentelles.

It was the first town to be given to the abbey of Corbie by Clovis II and Saint Bathilde.

On November 27, 1870, during the Franco-Prussian War, Gentelles was the scene of a skirmish between the 20th Battalion of Chasseurs and the Germans. There were 25 fatalities, of which 12 were French, who are buried in the cemetery, where later a memorial was erected.
During World War I, the village was at the centre of fighting during the Battle of the Somme and was all but destroyed.


Historical population of Gentelles
Year 18961962196819751982199019992006
Population 545269299358359446461478
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

See also



External links

  • Gentelles on the Quid website (French)
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