Corbie (French pronunciation: ​[kɔʁbi]; Dutch: Korbei) is a commune of the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France.

Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Corbie
Location of Corbie
Corbie is located in France
Corbie is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°54′35″N 2°30′29″E / 49.9097°N 2.5081°E / 49.9097; 2.5081Coordinates: 49°54′35″N 2°30′29″E / 49.9097°N 2.5081°E / 49.9097; 2.5081
IntercommunalityVal de Somme
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Ludovic Gabrel
16.25 km2 (6.27 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
80212 /80800
Elevation26–108 m (85–354 ft)
(avg. 67 m or 220 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


The small town is situated 15 km (9.3 mi) up river from Amiens, in the département of Somme and is the main town of the canton of Corbie. It lies in the valley of the river Somme, at the confluence with the Ancre. The town is bisected by the Canal de la Somme.

This satellite photograph shows it in its context. The town is to the left and the fenny Somme valley winds down to it from the right. The chalk of the Upper Cretaceous plateau shows pale in the fields. The river Ancre flows down from the north-east. The A29 road is shown under construction snaking across the chalk in the southern part of the picture. The fainter, straight line just to its north is the road N29. It passes through Villers-Bretonneux, the village just south of Corbie.


Corbie AbbeyEdit

The town of Corbie grew up round Corbie Abbey, founded in 657 or 660 by the queen regent Bathilde, with a founding community of monks from Luxeuil Abbey in the Franche-Comté.

Its scriptorium came to be one of the centers of work of manuscript illumination when the art was still fairly new in western Europe. In this early Merovingian period the work of Corbie was innovative in that it portrayed images of people, such as Saint Jerome. It was also the place of creation, in about 780, of the influential Caroline minuscule script.[2]

The contents of its library are known from catalogues of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. In 1638, Cardinal Richelieu ordered the transfer of the library's books to the library at Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which was dispersed at the end of the eighteenth century.


In 1234, Floris IV, Count of Holland died at a tournament held here. In 1475, the town was taken by Louis XI. The Spanish took it after a short siege on 15 August 1636 but were ousted in November by Richelieu and Louis XIII of France after a siege of three months.

In 1918, Corbie was on the margin of the battlefield of Villers-Bretonneux at which the First Battle of the Somme (1918) of the German spring offensive came to a climax.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 5,261—    
1975 5,466+0.55%
1982 6,176+1.76%
1990 6,152−0.05%
1999 6,317+0.29%
2007 6,342+0.05%
2012 6,290−0.16%
2017 6,283−0.02%
Source: INSEE[3]




Twin townsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ see calligraphy and Merovingian script
  3. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  • Nordenfalk, C. (1995). Book Illumination Early Middle Ages. pp. 52, 54, 60. ISBN 2-605-00299-3.
  • Voronova, T.; A. Sterligov (2003). Western European Illuminated Manuscripts 8th to 16th centuries. ISBN 0-86288-584-1.

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