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Coordinates: 49°58′39″N 3°06′00″E / 49.9775°N 3.1°E / 49.9775; 3.1

Commune of Villers-Faucon

Location
Paris plan pointer b jms.svg
Map highlighting the commune of
Administration
Country France
Region Blason région fr Picardie.svg Picardie
Department Blason département fr Somme.svg Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Roisel
Intercommunality Canton of Roisel
Mayor André Brouette
(2001–2008)
Statistics
Elevation 75–144 m (250–470 ft)
(avg. 104 m/340 ft)
Land area1 11.42 km2 (4.41 sq mi)
Population2 673  (2006)
 - Density 59 /km2 (150 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 80802/ 80240
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.

Villers-Faucon is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

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Geography

The commune is situated 15 miles(24 km) northwest of Saint Quentin, at the D72 and D101 crossroads, in the far east of the département. The commune also includes the hamlet of Sainte-Emilie.

Population

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
904 916 803 704 662 625 673
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

History

According to Abbot Decagny of Roisel, Villers-Faucon was originally Villers-Falcon and previously Villare Falconis, which means,in Latin, villa of the hawks. Villers-Faucon’s original puprpose was that of a falconry, located in the heart of the forest of Arrouaise.
The village was almost totally destroyed in 1916, during the First World War. Following a withdrawal of German troops around the Hindenburg line, the inhabitants were evacuated to the north to Denain, tons of dynamite were set off around all of the buildings in the town (including the sugar refinery at St. Emilie) and all the trees were cut down, to leave the field open for the approach of troops. The village was destroyed, but the cemetery was left untouched.
After the conflict, reconstruction began, which lasted almost a decade, led by a rebuilding cooperative led by Louis Faille.

Sites and monuments

  • Notre Dame church was rebuilt in 1932 by architect Louis Faille. It's one of many public buildings completed by the architect in his work during the period of reconstruction of the eastern part of the Somme.

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