Le Ham (Manche)

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Le Ham
Le Ham (France)
Le Ham
region Normandy
Department Some
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Valognes
Community association Cotentine
Coordinates 49 ° 27 ′  N , 1 ° 25 ′  W Coordinates: 49 ° 27 ′  N , 1 ° 25 ′  W
height 3–26 m
surface 3.86 km 2
Residents 307 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 80 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 50310
INSEE code

Saint-Pierre church

Le Ham (no nasal vowel : pronunciation amm ) is a commune in the department of Manche in the region of Normandy .


Le Ham means the village . It is derived from the Anglo-Saxon ham (cf. German home ).


Le Ham is on the Cotentin peninsula in the Plain countryside .

The parish is crossed by the Paris-Caen-Cherbourg railway line .

Adjacent municipalities are:


Mesnildot Castle.
Sigosville Manor.
  • Because of its entrance gate, the Saint-Pierre church has been included in the list of historical monuments.

Four statues are listed as objects: Virgin and Child, Saint-Pierre ( Apostle ) and Saint-Fromond (from the 14th century) and Sainte Barbe (from the 16th century). Herfast de Crépon , brother of Gunnor of Normandy, had the church built around 1080 after the first church from the 7th century was destroyed by the Viking chief Hasting.

  • Altar of Le Ham, altar of the former abbey from the Merovingian period, is on display in the library of Valognes .
  • Sixteenth-century Sigosville manor house.
  • 16th century courtyard of les Mares ( Cour des Mares ).
  • Mesnildot's small castle from the 17th century.
  • The now disused Montebourger train station was in Le Ham


Individual evidence

  1. René Lepelley. Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de communes de Normandie . Presses universitaires de Caen . Page 142. ISBN 2-905461-80-2
  2. Etymology of home website Etymononline .
  3. ^ Église in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French).
  4. Œuvres mobilières au Ham in the Base Palissy of the French Ministry of Culture (French).
  5. ^ Jean-Louis Adam, Quelques notes sur Valognes , 1905.
  6. ^ Jean-François Hamel, sous la direction de René Gautier, Dictionnaire des personnages remarquables de la Manche , tome 1, Éditions Eurocibles, Marigny, 2001, ISBN 2914541090

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