Good news: This summer, the Northerners’ Deviant Pocket Dictionary – Pas-de-Calais has expanded its coverage to include Picardy. Regional constituency mergers oblige. Honours go to Gerberoy.
Town? More like a village with its 89 inhabitants. The name comes from “lots of wreaths*“.
If you’re looking for plus points for the merger between Nord – Pas-de-Calais and Picardy, Gerberoy counts as one. This tiny village in the Oise was selected as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, you know, those villages that you normally find in the South of France. The Nord – Pas-de-Calais, which has never encompassed such a village (article in English), therefore has good reason to rejoice over the new region, especially as it’s going to score a double strike with Parfondeval in the Aisne.
Apart from telling you all that plus the facts that Pierre Chavonnet has presided over the community since March 2014 and that the hamlet served as a backdrop to one of the battles in the Hundred Year War, Gerberoy, at the centre of the triangle formed by Amiens, Beauvais and Rouen, to quote the town hall site, is the proud owner of St. Peter’s Collegiate Church, a moot room cum town hall and the Henri Le Sidaner Gardens. Of course it’s as pretty as a picture – or it wouldn’t have been selected as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, with its cobblestoned streets, beautiful 17th and 18th century houses, built of wattle and daub or bricks and flintstone. In a nutshell, the ideal day trip from Lille, not any longer though, to get out of the future regional capital city limits.
* “gerbe” is a wreath in French
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