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Attilly

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Country  France
Department  Aisne
Intercommunality  Pays du Vermandois
Area  11.81 km²
Arrondissement  Saint-Quentin
Region  Hauts-de-France
Canton  Vermand
Population (2012)  376
Local time  Wednesday 8:18 AM
Attilly
Weather  5°C, Wind SW at 26 km/h, 88% Humidity

Attilly is a French commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France.

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Map of 02490 Attilly, France

Inhabitants of the commune are traditionally referred to as "les Gens d'Attilly," or "the People of Attilly." For over 20 years, residents have debated whether their demonym should be Attillois or Attilliens; however, the Habitants website of French demonyms states that it should be Attilliens or Attilliennes

Geography

Attilly is located 5 km west of Saint-Quentin just north of the A29 autoroute which passes through the south-western corner of the commune. It can be accessed by several roads: the D73 from Beauvois-en-Vermandois in the south-west to Villeveque, the D733 from Etreillers in the south going north-west to Villeveque, the D33 going north from Etreillers to Attilly village and continuing north to Marteville and Vermand, the D73 from the D1029 in the north to Marteville, and the D686 from Holnon in the east to the village. There are three villages and hamlets in the commune:

  • Attilly in the centre with the town hall, the school (closed), the festival hall, the church, the train station (closed), 25 cafes (all closed), and a water tower
  • Marteville in the north with its cemetery, railway station (closed), castle (private) is located next to the village of Vermand
  • Villeveque in the west with the villa of the Prince of Monaco, ponds for fishing, and the mill (where it is possible to learn to swim)
  • Much of the commune is farmland however it is partly surrounded by the Forests of Holnon and Attilly.

    The Omignon river passes along and forms the north-western border of the commune through Marteville and Villevèque.

    History

    The name Attilly is derived from a word translated as "overlooking the water" and probably owes its name to its position atop a hill. The origin of the name Attilly therefore probably dates back to a Roman villa. However, the region has been inhabited for much longer.

    Charles Poette wrote a history at the beginning of the 20th century. The village was destroyed during the First World War: only a single wall was still standing at the end of the conflict on the Rue du Prozet.

    Administration

    List of Successive Mayors of Attilly

    (Not all data is known)

    Demography

    In 2012 the commune had 376 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.

    Population Change (See database)

    Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

    Sites and Monuments

  • The Church of Saint Martin
  • The War memorial commemorating the First World War.
  • Marteville Communal Cemetery, a British military cemetery managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
  • A Calvary on the road between Attilly and Marteville (Vermand), another between Attilly and Holnon, and another on the road to Etreillers. There is also one at the entrance to the village from the Attilly forest which is located facing the road to Vermand not far from the church
  • A Calvary or Wayside Cross on the dirt road towards Etreillers after the water tower at the top of the village.
  • A Tomb on the road to Etreillers
  • The Place Verte (Green Square) located on the old Roman road between Holnon and Vermand
  • The ruins of a Chapel in the middle of Attilly forest where there was an old village abandoned after the First World War
  • The Place du Sar (Royal Square) where 14 July is celebrated and where the hall is built
  • A Dovecote next to the Rue de l'Eglise.
  • Culture

    The language spoken in Attilly is still a Picard dialect.

    References

    Attilly Wikipedia


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