[kres-ee; Fr. krey-see]
Crécy, officially Crécy-en-Ponthieu, village, Somme dept., N France. A nearby forest is popular for camping. At Crécy, on Aug. 26, 1346, Edward III of England defeated Philip VI of France in the Hundred Years War. The French forces were armed with crossbows and, although outnumbering the English troops, were overwhelmed by the English longbows. The victory enabled the English to reach Calais. Among the combatants were Edward the Black Prince of England and the blind John of Luxembourg, king of Bohemia, who, fighting for the French, died in the battle. Crécy is also known in English as Cressy.

Crécy-en-Ponthieu is a small village and commune of the Somme département, in northern France, located south of Calais.


Crécy-en-Ponthieu is best-known as the site of the Battle of Crécy in 1346, one of the earliest and most important battles of the Hundred Years' War.


  • The Crécy museum is well worth a trip. One room is dedicated to the battle, with top class historical content and many artefacts and items on show. Another more modest room is dedicated to the Second World War.


There was a station (Crécy-Estrées) on a branch of the Réseau des Bains de Mer which ran between Abbeville and Dompierre-sur-Authie. It opened on 19 June 1892 and closed to passengers on 10 March 1947 and freight on 1 February 1951.

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