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Coordinates: 49°53′00″N 2°34′00″E / 49.8833°N 2.5667°E / 49.8833; 2.5667

Commune of Le Hamel

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Location
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Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Picardie
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Corbie
Intercommunality Val de Somme
Mayor Stéphane Chevin
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 28–101 m (92–330 ft)
(avg. 83 m/270 ft)
Land area1 9.12 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Population2 526  (2006)
 - Density 58 /km2 (150 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80411/ 80800
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.

Le Hamel is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

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Geography

Le Hamel is situated some 16 miles (26 km) east of Amiens in the valley of the Somme. The surrounding district is the historical Santerre, a lightly-wooded and agricultural plateau.

History

The name has the same root as ‘hameau’ (eng:hamlet), a small rural settlement
Mentioned for the first time in 1184 as belonging to the powerful abbey of Corbie.
As with many towns in the region, Le Hamel has experienced the ravages of war over many centuries, between the French kings and their adversaries from England, Burgundy and Spain.
A pivotal place during the First World War, the battle of Hamel on the 4th July 1918 was a prelude to the summer offensive of the 8th August later the same year.

Places of interest

  • The park commemorating the 1000+ Australian troops that died in the battle was inaugurated on the 4th July 1998, exactly 80 years after the day of the battle. The site symbolises the friendship between France and Australia.
  • The lakes of the valley of the Somme.

Population

Population history
1794 1800 1831 1851 1876 1901 1921 1936 1946 1956 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
595 622 960 1256 961 869 386 466 453 495 448 472 469 451 489 519 526
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

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