Bellenglise

Bellenglise is a commune in the department of Aisne in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Bellenglise
The town hall and school of Bellenglise
Location of Bellenglise
Bellenglise
Bellenglise
Coordinates: 49°55′21″N 3°14′39″E
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentAisne
ArrondissementSaint-Quentin
CantonBohain-en-Vermandois
IntercommunalityPays du Vermandois
Government
  Mayor (2014-2020) Vincent Duquenne
Area
1
6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
393
  Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
02063 /02420
Elevation77–129 m (253–423 ft)
(avg. 88 m or 289 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Geography

The village lies close to the N44, in a loop of the St. Quentin Canal, nine kilometres north of St. Quentin.

History

About two kilometres to the north is the Riqueval souterrain.

On the 28 August 1914 the French 10th Regiment of Territorial Infantry opposed a German invading force. The French unit was essentially from the local Département, with its depot in St Quentin. Despite a fierce defence, the French line gave and a battalion (1000 men) of the unit was taken prisoner.

The famous picture of the British 137th Brigade, gathered on the canal bank at Riqueval Bridge, for a pep talk after the crossing of the St. Quentin Canal, was taken nearby.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2006391    
2007389−0.5%
2008386−0.8%
2009387+0.3%
2010386−0.3%
2011385−0.3%
2012383−0.5%
2013382−0.3%
2014387+1.3%
2015386−0.3%
2016384−0.5%

Sites and monuments

  • The commune cemetery, with its military square just to the left of the entrance, where are buried soldiers who died for France.

See also

References

  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
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