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Coordinates: 49°59′15″N 1°33′29″E / 49.9875°N 1.558056°E / 49.9875; 1.558056

Commune of Gamaches

Location
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Gamaches
Mayor Jacques Pecquery
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 19–126 m (62–410 ft)
(avg. 32 m/100 ft)
Land area1 9.92 km2 (3.83 sq mi)
Population2 2,992  (2006)
 - Density 302 /km2 (780 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80373/ 80220
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: 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.

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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

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
3194 3216 3467 3270 3099 2949 2992
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

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]
Center
  • The lakes

See also

References

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