Ham, Somme


Statue of General Foy

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.7472°N 3.0736°E / 49.7472; 3.0736Coordinates: 49°44′50″N 3°04′25″E / 49.7472°N 3.0736°E / 49.7472; 3.0736
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Somme
Arrondissement Péronne
Canton Ham
Intercommunality Pays Hamois
  Mayor (20012008) Marc Bonef
Area1 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 5,438
  Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 80410 / 80400
Elevation 57–84 m (187–276 ft)
(avg. 65 m or 213 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Ham is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.


Ham is situated on the D930 and D937 crossroads, some 21 kilometres (13 mi) southwest of Saint-Quentin, in the far southeast of the department, near the border with the department of the Aisne. The nearby villages of Estouilly and Saint-Sulpice joined the commune of Ham in 1965 and 1966 respectively.


Historical population of Ham, Somme
From the year 1962 on: No double countingresidents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


Mentioned for the first time in 932 as a possession of the seigneur Erard, junior member of the Counts of Ponthieu. The town was later conquered by the Counts of Vermandois in the 12th century. In the 14th century it was owned by a family from Ham itself. From April 7 to June 3, 1917, Ham was home to the Lafayette Escadrille

The Castle of Ham

Car park and approach to the Château entrance

The first stone ramparts were put up in the 13th century by the local nobleman, Odon IV.
In the 15th century, the château was transformed into a formidable fortress by John II of Luxembourg, Count of Ligny
In 1465, John's nephew, Louis of Luxembourg, built a huge donjon, 33m high, 33m in diameter with walls 11m thick[1]
In 1917, German forces blew up much of the château. All that remains are the entrance tower and vestiges of the donjon and ramparts.


Twin towns

Germany Eisfeld, Germany

See also


  1. Ham, its castle and its prisoners, Charles Gomart, 1864, réédition "La Vague Verte" en 2000.
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