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Coordinates: 50°02′10″N 2°30′11″E / 50.03611°N 2.503056°E / 50.03611; 2.503056

Commune of Harponville

Location
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Amiens
Canton Acheux-en-Amiénois
Intercommunality Pays du Coquelicot
Mayor Dominique Renaud
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 69–147 m (230–480 ft)
(avg. 135 m/440 ft)
Land area1 2.75 km2 (1.06 sq mi)
Population2 148  (2006)
 - Density 54 /km2 (140 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80420/ 80560
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.

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

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Geography

Harponville is situated on the D47 road, some 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Amiens.

History

The village of Harponville is first noted as belonging to the abbey at Saint-Riquier. Later it becomes a strongly Protestant place, owing to the Raincheval family’s influence. Burials took place in the gardens of their home.
At the beginning of the 19th cenruty, the cordiality between the two denominations was such that they decided to build a wall in the old parish church, catholic on one side, protestant on the other. This wall was later demolished and a church for the protestants was built in 1823 and rebuilt in 1863 after a fire.
The village was unaffected by World War I. A defensive system of trenches and a blockhouse were set up in the ‘’Bois de l’Abbaye’’ near ‘’Mont d’Harponville’’ which kept the village safe.

Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
143 160 151 150 130 125 148
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest

  • The nineteenth century church. The stone came from the former château of Harponville and the old abbey at Clairfaye
  • 19th century Protestant church. (Permanent exposition inside)
  • 19th century school

See also

References

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