Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Abbeville (France)

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ABBEVILLE, a city of France, capital of the arrondissement of the same name (department of the Somme), situated on both sides of the river Somme, 12 miles above its mouth. It is one of the most thriving manufacturing towns in France. Besides black cloths of the best quality, there are produced velvets, cottons, linens, serges, sackings, hosiery, packthread, jewelry, soaps, glasswares, etc. Its most interesting building is the church of St. Wolfram, begun in 1488, one of the richest existing examples of the flamboyant style. Pop. about 20,000.