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Falvy Lake

Coordinates: 49°49′30″N 2°57′35″E / 49.825°N 2.9597°E / 49.825; 2.9597Coordinates: 49°49′30″N 2°57′35″E / 49.825°N 2.9597°E / 49.825; 2.9597

Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Nesle
Intercommunality Nesle
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Louis Duclaux
 • Land1 6.32 km2 (2.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 142
 • Population2 density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80300 / 80190
Elevation 51–91 m (167–299 ft)
(avg. 60 m or 200 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.

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


Falvy is situated on the D103 road, on the banks of the river Somme, some 19 miles (31 km) west of Saint Quentin.


Falvy originated as a Gaulish village. Known by different names over the centuries :Fala, Falvicum in 1135, Phalevi in 1146, then Fallevy or Falevi sur Somme and finally Falvy Principle events :

  • In the 12th century, Raoul I de Nesle, seigneur of both Nesle and Falvy, gave the windmill of Falvy-sur-Somme to the church at Saint-Quentin.
  • 1629 and Louis XIII dismantles the château, a medieval fortress
  • On 22 November 1916, fighter-ace-pilot Georges Guynemer claimed his 23rd victim at Falvy.
  • On the 9th August 1918, the bridge at Falvy was attacked by Lieutenant James Alfred Keating, an American volunteer in the RFC. He won the Distinguished Flying Cross.


Historical population of Falvy
Year 19541962196819751982199019992006
Population 138117118108116106100142
From the year 1962 on: population without double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest

  • The church of Saint Benoite has dimensions that are relative to a time when the population was larger. Its origin was as a chapel to the chateau. It was victim of revolutionary vandalism in 1792, losing much of its embellishment and harmony by such destruction.
  • The lake

See also



External links

  • Falvy on the Quid website (French)
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