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Coordinates: 50°12′59″N 1°42′48″E / 50.216389°N 1.7133°E / 50.216389; 1.7133

Commune of Ponthoile

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Country France
Region Blason région fr Picardie.svg Picardie
Department Blason département fr Somme.svg Somme
Arrondissement Abbeville
Canton Nouvion
Intercommunality Canton of Nouvion-en-Ponthieu
Mayor Henri Poupart
Elevation 2–31 m (6.6–100 ft)
(avg. 6 m/20 ft)
Land area1 19.41 km2 (7.49 sq mi)
Population2 610  (2006)
 - Density 31 /km2 (80 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80633/ 80860
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.

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



Ponthoile is situated on the D235 road, some 15 km northwest of Abbeville, near the bay of the Somme.


In 1346, d uring the Hundred Years War, English troops burnt and pillaged the towns of the Ponthieu on their way to the Battle of Crécy. Ponthoile was attacked on Saint-Barthélémy’s day, 24 August, just two days before the battle, burning down the 12th century church.

In the 13th century, there were 180 homes in Ponthoile, according to Dom Grenier. After the ravages of the wars against the English and Burgundians, according to English statistics, there were only 48. The population of Ponthoile subsequently increase slowly into the middle of the 19th century, before declining again, as farming became mechanisied and people left for the big cities


Population history
1698 1772 1831 1851 1860 1901 1921 1946 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
300 399 728 878 904 851 715 661 569 599 537 509 502 547 610
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Main sights

  • Memorial to the aviation pioneers, the brothers Caudron.
  • Church of Saint Pierre. Badly damaged by two fires, it was decided, in 1836, to build a bigger, better church in brick and slate.

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