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Abbeville town guide

Abbeville

Drive your hire car down the coast from Calais and you will reach Abbeville in less than an hour. Until the Second World War left its mark on the town it was one of the nicest in Northern France.In 1942 the bombing destroyed many of the old wooden framed buildings leaving only a few gems to stand out amongst the post war buildings. The Collegialle St Wolfram is one of the buildings which is being rebuilt to its original state as built between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The war poet Seigreid Sassoon escaped the horrors of The Somme to Abbeville where he wrote many of his poems. A statue of him can be found in Place de Admiral Corbet and may be admired while you rest at a nearby pavement cafe.

There is a fine collection of paintings dating from the sixteenth century to the present day in the Musee Boucher de Perthes which is situated in the thirteenth century bell tower and the fifteenth century mint. Boucher was a local writer with a passion for things prehistoric and there is a section of the museum which reflects this.

After Abbeville use your hire car to go to Le Crotoy on the coast where you can enjoy not only a good beach but also have a go at wind surfing, canoeing or one of the other water sports on offer there.

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