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Coordinates: 49°55′18″N 4°05′02″E / 49.921667°N 4.083889°E / 49.921667; 4.083889

Commune of Hirson Hirson.jpg

Location
Hirson is located in France
Hirson
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Vervins
Canton Hirson
Mayor Jean-Jacques Thomas
Statistics
Elevation 189 m (620 ft) avg.
Land area1 33.77 km2 (13.04 sq mi)
Population2 10,775  (1999)
 - Density 319 /km2 (830 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 02381/ 02500
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.

Hirson is a commune in the Aisne department in Picardie in northern France. It is a few miles south of the border with Belgium, and was in the past an important strategic position due to being near the intersection of several railway lines.

As of 1911, there was a permanent fort and two artillery batteries near the railway junction. Also at that time, the town was engaged in the manufacture of glass bottles, tiles and iron and tin goods, as well as wool-spinning and brewing.

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

HIRSON, a town of northern France in the department of Aisne, 35 m. by rail N.E. of Laon, on the Oise. Pop. (1906) 8 335. It occupies an important strategic position close to the point of intersection of several railway lines, and not far from the Belgian frontier. For its defence there are a permanent fort and two batteries, near the railway junction. The town carries on the manufacture of glass bottles, tiles, iron and tin goods, wool-spinning and brewing.


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Simple English

Hirson is a commune. It is found in the region Picardie in the Aisne department in the north of France.pcd:Urchon


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