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Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.74722°N 3.073611°E / 49.74722; 3.073611

Commune of Ham

Ham statue du général FOY.jpg
Statue of General Foy
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Map highlighting the commune of
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Ham
Intercommunality Pays Hamois
Mayor Marc Bonef
Elevation 57–84 m (190–280 ft)
(avg. 65 m/210 ft)
Land area1 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
Population2 5,438  (2006)
 - Density 572 /km2 (1,480 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80410/ 80400
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.

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



Ham is situated on the D930 and D937 crossroads, some 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Saint-Quentin, in the far southeast of the department, near the border with the department of the Aisne. The nearby villages of Estouilly and Saint-Sulpice joined the commune of Ham in 1965 and 1966 respectively.


Population history
1851 1896 1954 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
2375 3254 3598 5279 5697 6074 6041 5532 5398 5438
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates


Mentioned for the first time in 932 as a possession of the seigneur Erard, junior member of the Counts of Ponthieu. The town was later conquered by the Counts of Vermandois in the 12th century. In the 14th century it was owned by a family from Ham itself.

The Castle of Ham

Car park and approach to the Château entrance

The first stone ramparts were put up in the 13th century by the local nobleman, Odon IV.
In the 15th century, the château was transformed into a formidable fortress by John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny
In 1465, John's nephew, Louis of Luxembourg, built a huge donjon, 33m high, 33m in diameter with walls 11m thick[1]
In 1917, the Germans blew up much of the château. All that remains are the entrance tower and vestiges of the donjon and ramparts.


  • François Ist of Saint-Pol, Duke of Estouteville was born at Ham in 1491
  • General Maximilien Sebastien Foy was born at Ham in 1775
  • Jacques Cassard, intrepid sailor, was imprisoned at the château of Ham from 1726 to 1740.
  • Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, accused of plotting against the state, was imprisoned at the château of Ham from 1840 to 1846, when he escaped, disguised as a worker, carrying a plank on his shouder.
  • Léon Accambray, French politician
  • Jean-Charles Peltier, physicist and meteorologist
  • Jean-Baptiste-Henri du Trousset de Valincourt (1643-1730), biographer of Louis XIV

Twin towns

Germany Eisfeld, Germany

See also


  1. ^ Ham, its castle and its prisoners, Charles Gomart, 1864, réédition "La Vague Verte" en 2000.

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