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Signy-le-Petit is a French commune in the Ardennes department in the region Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne-Ardenne

Border village, Signy, who later became "Signy-le-Petit" was often ravaged by war: burned in 1340, devastated in 1521. In 1636, he was burned again and the church destroyed. It should come as no surprise that the current building was rebuilt from 1680 to 1686, is a fortified church and is today one of the stages of the circuit of "fortified churches of Thiérache".

Towards the 1840s, Signy, his town and its agricultural character hamlets have 2 300 inhabitants. It is a commercial and handicraft center (breweries, mills, potteries, brickworks). But the industrial transformations of the nineteenth century will bring the rural exodus: craft activities stop one after the other. At the same time, the implementation of three smelters, which will work more than 400 workers in 1900, accentuates the industrial character of the town and promotes the development of a strictly working class population.

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