Allery is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. The commune is situated 25 km south at the junction of the D193 and D76 roads. War Memorial twelfth century church Communes of the Somme department INSEE Allery sur le site du Quid Localisation d'Allery sur une carte de France et communes limitrophes
Arquèves is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. Communes of the Somme department INSEE
Acheux-en-Amiénois is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. The commune is a farming village found at the junction of the departmental roads D938 and D114; the earlier spelling of the name Acheux was either Acheu. It comes from the Celtic Achad that meant "cultivated field"; the town of Acheux is ancient. It existed in Roman times, where a fort was established, comprising ditches and pallisades, to protect it from attacks by the Atrebates, a Gaulish tribe, after whom Arras is named; the church of Acheux was built in 1760. It is dedicated to Saint Juliette; the castle had seven towers, of which two remain. The wall was surrounded by a dry moat filled with brambles and thorns, giving the nickname of "Thorn Manor". Communes of the Somme department INSEE Acheux-en-Amiénois on the website of l'Institut géographique national Acheux-en-Amiénois on the website of l'Insee Acheux-en-Amiénois on the website of Quid Position of Acheux-en-Amiénois on a map of France Official Town website
Albert is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. It is located about halfway between Bapaume; the French operatic bass Xavier Depraz was born in Albert on 22 April 1926. Albert was founded as a Roman outpost, in about 54 BC. After being known by various forms of the name of the local river, the Ancre, it was renamed to Albert after it passed to Charles d'Albert, duc de Luynes, it was a key location in the Battle of the Somme in World War I, World War I tourism is important for the town. During World War I, the statue of Mary and the infant Jesus – designed by sculptor Albert Roze and dubbed the Golden Virgin – on top of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Brebières was hit by a shell on 15 January 1915 and slumped to a near-horizontal position, where however it remained until further shelling in 1918 destroyed the tower; the British said that whoever made the statue fall would lose the war, whilst the Germans thought the opposite. A number of legends surrounding the Leaning Virgin developed among German and British soldiers.
The Leaning Virgin became an familiar image to the thousands of British soldiers who fought at the Battle of the Somme, many of whom passed through Albert, situated three miles from the front lines. As The Golden Virgin it provided Henry Williamson with the title of an autobiographical book. In his letters home to his wife, Rupert Edward Inglis, a former rugby international and now a Forces Chaplain, describes passing through Albert: We went through the place today where the Virgin Statue at the top of the Church was hit by a shell in January; the statue was knocked over, but has never fallen, I sent you a picture of it. It is a wonderful sight, it is incomprehensible how it can have stayed there, but I think it is now lower than when the photograph was taken, no doubt will come down with the next gale. The Church and village are wrecked, there’s a huge hole made by a Jack Johnson just outside the west door of the Church; the German army recaptured the town in March 1918 during the Spring Offensive.
The statue was never recovered. In August 1918 the Germans were again forced to retreat, the British reoccupied Albert until the end of the war. Albert was reconstructed after the war, including widening and re-orienting the town's main streets; the Basilica, was faithfully rebuilt according to its original design by Eduoard Duthoit, the son of the architect who had overseen its construction in 1885–95. The present statue is an exact replica of Roze's original design, a war memorial designed by Roze and featuring an image of the Leaning Virgin can be seen in the Abri Museum, which houses souvenirs of the war; the underground shelters in which the museum is located served as protective bunkers for Albert's residents during aerial bombardments in World War II. The city appears in a short story, The Garden of Forking Paths, by the Argentine writer Jorge Luís Borges. In the story it is the location of a British artillery park that the Germans are about to bomb during World War I; the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is located only 9 kilometres from the village.
It is a memorial site dedicated to Dominion of Newfoundland forces members who were killed during World War I. Opened by British Field Marshal Earl Haig in 1925, the memorial is one of only two National Historic Sites of Canada located outside of Canada. Albert is twinned with the British town of Ulverston in Cumbria; the two towns meet to play football at Easter with the Cyril Barker Shield being contested every year. Albert and Ulverston alternate the match's venue. Albert is twinned with the German towns of Aldenhoven and Niesky. Albert has been adopted by the British city of Birmingham and the main street is named Rue de Birmingham. Battle of Albert Communes of the Somme department List of France's twin towns Vendémiaire Pavot INSEE Museum website Image of the Albert Basilica
Ablaincourt-Pressoir is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. The two villages were separately administered, but were joined in 1966. Ablaincourt-Pressoir is found in the Santerre sub-region, where early French Kings made their base, at Noyon; the town is in a strategic position close to the intersections of the A1 Paris-Lille autoroute and the A29 autoroute between Amiens and Saint-Quentin. Two departmental roads meet nearby; the town an international TGV rail station, the Gare TGV Haute-Picardie, nicknamed "The sugar-beet station" named after the predominant crop of the area. AblaincourtAbatix Curtis, Habelini Curtis, Ablani Curtis, Ableni Curia, Abiaucourt, Ablaincort and Ablaincourt, which signifies an abbey. PressoirPressurs or Drêsur. AblaincourtIn 1215, Jean I de Nesle built a castle here. Remains of the motte can still be seen, which marks out the position of the keep. In 1648, possession of the fiefdom of Ablaincourt passed from the Blattepière family to the Mathieu family.
During World War I Ablaincourt et Pressoir were at the centre of the Battle of the Somme. Both communes were ruined by the fighting. 1851 CensusThe 2 communes were still separate. Ablaincourt = Population: 445 inhabitants Pressoir = Population: 144 inhabitants1896 CensusThe 2 communes were still separate. Ablaincourt = Population: 312 inhabitants Pressoir = Population: 106 inhabitants Eloi Driencourt, born in the hamlet of Bovent, doctor of the Sorbonne and for a while, advisor to Louis XV's queen, Maria Leszczyńska, Ludovic Hulin was elected in March 1995 and became the youngest mayor of Ablaincourt-Pressoir, at the age of 28. Reinhard Johannes Sorge, a German Roman Catholic poet and dramatist, died at a First Aid post located at the ruins of Ablaincourt-Pressoir on 20 July 1916. Sorge had been wounded by a hand grenade during the Battle of the Somme. Communes of the Somme department INSEE Ablaincourt-Pressoir on the website of Quid Localisation d'Ablaincourt-Pressoir on a map of France
Argœuves is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. The commune is situated 4 miles north of Amiens on the D191 and 1 mile from the junction of the N1 and A16 autoroute; the river Somme is 1 mile away. Communes of the Somme department INSEE Argœuves on the website of Quid Position of Argœuves on a map of France
Hauts-de-France, is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. Its capital is Lille; the new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015. France's Conseil d'État approved Hauts-de-France as the name of the region on 28 September 2016, effective 30 September 2016. With 6,009,976 inhabitants, a population of 189 inhabitants/km2, it represents the 3rd most populous region in France and the 2nd most densely populated in metropolitan France after Île-de-France; the region covers an area of more than 31,813 km2. It borders Normandy, Grand Est, Île-de-France and the United Kingdom via the English Channel; the region's interim name Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie was a hyphenated placename, created by hyphenating the merged regions' names—Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardie—in alphabetical order. On 14 March 2016, well ahead of the 1 July deadline, the Regional council decided on Hauts-de-France as the region's permanent name.
The provisional name of the region was retired on 30 September 2016, when the new name of the region, Hauts-de-France, took effect. The region borders Belgium to the northeast, the English Channel to the northwest, as well as the French regions of Grand Est to the southeast, Île-de-France to the south, Normandy to the southwest, it is connected to the United Kingdom via the Channel Tunnel. Hauts-de-France comprises five departments: Aisne, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Somme. Lille Amiens Roubaix Tourcoing Dunkirk Calais Villeneuve-d'Ascq Saint-Quentin Beauvais Valenciennes The region was a pivotal center of mulquinerie Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardy Regions of France Canadian National Vimy Memorial Battle of Vimy Ridge Regional Council of the Hauts-de-France Official website Merger of the regions - France 3