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Gamaches

Gamaches
Gamaches
Gamaches

Coordinates: 49°59′15″N 1°33′29″E / 49.9875°N 1.5581°E / 49.9875; 1.5581Coordinates: 49°59′15″N 1°33′29″E / 49.9875°N 1.5581°E / 49.9875; 1.5581

Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Gamaches
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jacques Pecquery
Area
 • Land1 9.92 km2 (3.83 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 2,992
 • Population2 density 300/km2 (780/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80373 / 80220
Elevation 19–126 m (62–413 ft)
(avg. 32 m or 105 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.

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

Geography

Gamaches is situated on the D1015, on the banks of the Bresle River, the border with Seine-Maritime, some 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Abbeville.
Huge lakes to the west of the town are a paradise for naturalists, anglers and water sports enthusiasts.

History

  • 1471 Louis XI and the Burgundians wage war in and around the town. A year or so later, Charles the Bold ravaged Picardy in the continuing battle with Burgundy. The plague decimated not only the troops but also the local populace.
  • Gamache has, for a long time, been linked with the manufacture of glass.

Population

Historical population of Gamaches
Year 1962196819751982199019992006
Population 3194321634673270309929492992
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 war memorial
  • The thirteenth century church of Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, with its flamboyant gothic tower, is the result of successive architectural influences.
  • The old railway line, opened in 1872 and closed in 1993 [1]

  • The lakes

See also

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • War memorial (French)
  • Agence Régionale du Patrimoine de Picardie (French)
  • S.A.Saint-Martin Glass Bottle factory (French)
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