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Coordinates: 49°50′26″N 2°49′23″E / 49.84056°N 2.82306°E / 49.84056; 2.82306

Commune of Ablaincourt-Pressoir

Location
Ablaincourt-Pressoir is located in France
Ablaincourt-Pressoir
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Chaulnes
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Haute Picardie
Mayor Didier Leturcq
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 67–88 m (220–289 ft)
(avg. 83 m/272 ft)
Land area1 9.46 km2 (3.65 sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80002/ 80320
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Ablaincourt-Pressoir is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

The two villages were formerly separately administered, but were joined in 1966.

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Geography

Ablaincourt-Pressoir is found in the Santerre sub-region, where early French Kings made their base, at Noyon.
The town is in a strategic position close to the intersections of the A1 Paris-Lille autoroute and the A29 autoroute between Amiens and Saint-Quentin. Two departmental roads meet nearby (the D150 and the D164). The town also an international TGV rail station, the Gare TGV Haute-Picardie, nicknamed "The sugar-beet station" named after the predominant crop of the area.

Etymology; Ancient forms of the names

  • Ablaincourt

Abatix Curtis, Habelini Curtis (1046), Ablani Curtis, Ableni Curia (1106), Abbecourt (1144), Abiaucourt (1215), Ablaincort (1230), Ablincourt (1733) and finally, Ablaincourt, which signifies an abbey.

  • Pressoir

Pressurs or Drêsur (1180).

History

  • Ablaincourt

In 1215, Jean I de Nesle built a castle here. Remains of the motte can still be seen, which marks out the position of the keep.

In 1648, possession of the fiefdom of Ablaincourt passed from the Blattepière family to the Mathieu family.

During World War I Ablaincourt et Pressoir were at the centre of the Battle of the Somme. Both communes were totally ruined by the fighting.

Demographics

  • 1851 Census

The 2 communes were still separate.

Ablaincourt = Population : 445 inhabitants
Pressoir = Population : 144 inhabitants
  • 1896 Census

The 2 communes were still separate.

Ablaincourt = Population : 312 inhabitants
Pressoir = Population : 106 inhabitants
Population history
1851 1896 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
589 418 193 224 194 185 206 227 267
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

People

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