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Abbeville Town logoBurgess Hill is twinned with Abbeville in the Picardie Maritime region of France. If you include the surrounding villages, Abbeville is much the same size as Burgess Hill, but it has a rather more agricultural feel due to the sugar beet industry in the area. Like Burgess Hill, it has a direct rail link to the country’s capital (1 hour 45 minutes). Also like Burgess Hill it is a largely modern town, having been heavily bombed in the last war. It is an interesting place to explore on foot. You will discover the Collegiate Church of Saint-Vulfran which dates back to 1488, the stunning modern stained glass of the Church of Saint-Sepulcre, and Abbeville’s own mini chateau – the Chateau de Bagatelle .

Emonville Gardens  Chateau de Bagatelle 

Abbeville sits on the banks of the fast flowing river Somme which caused disastrous flooding in March / April 2001. About 12 miles away at the mouth of the Somme lies the pretty town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, famous as the setting off point for William the Conqueror’s invasion of England. These days it is a pleasant place to stroll around, admire the views across the estuary and visit the Bird Reserve at Marquenterre.St Vulfran in Abbeville

For more information click on the following link to visit the Abbeville Tourist Information website.