Spring flowers in Ambrugeat
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Michel Saugerat|
|• Land1||29.57 km2 (11.42 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||19008 / 19250|
|Elevation||614–972 m (2,014–3,189 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ambrugeacois or Ambrugeacoises
Ambrugeat is located some 80 km south-east of Limoges and immediately to the west of Meymac. It can be accessed by the D76 road from Meymac which continues through the village then south-west to join the D16 north of Égletons. There is also the D123 minor road running north off the D76 passing through the western part of the commune. The D76E also runs off the D76 to the south-east to join the D36 road. The commune is largely forested with some farmland.
The village lies on the north-western shore of the Lac de Sechemaille whose shores form the eastern border at this point. Several streams rise in the commune and flow into the lake such as the Ruisseau de la Nauche, the Ruisseau de Laubard, and the Ruisseau des Farges. Other streams flow south through the western part of the commune to form the Ruisseau de Sautere.
- 1308: The Bishop of Saint Leonard de Noblat put an end to quarrels between the two Ambrugeat priests.
- 1370: the entire Barsanges land was attached to the parish of Ambrugeat.
- 1436: Pierre de Coux was pastor prior for Ambrugeat.
- 1453: King Charles VII heightened Ambrugeat castle.
- 1502: Hugues de Beynette founded a vicarage at the altar of the Virgin and a community of fifteen priests were moved to Beynat in Ambrugeat.
- 1554: François Granier was prior of Ambrugeat.
- 1558: a survey of the commune was carried out.
- 1592: King Henry IV was supported by the lord of Ambrugeat.
- 1598: research was done on the titles of the nobility of Ambrugeat.
- 1599: Murat Antoine was Curé of Ambrugeat
- 1647: Gilbert du Boucheron sells the rental property rights for the high, low, and middle for the village of Besse in Ambrugeat.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 205 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Sites and Monuments
At the entrance to the town is the Chateau of Anbrugeat dating to the 12th and 16th centuries. It was built as a fortified farm in 1448 by Charles VII.
The Church of Saint Eloi and Saint Martin from the 13th century, with its triangular gabled bell tower and three arched bays from the 16th century, is at the centre of the village. Inside the church behind the altar is a large altarpiece from the 18th century.
Some monuments in the commune:
- At Besse: a granite cross from the 16th century
- At Lafond and Besse: houses from the 17th century
- At Lafond: a Cross
- At Beynat: Attached to the Chassagnac house a very old stone trough. Marius Vazeilles, a local scholar, said that the washing-trough is very old.
In the same village, there are two other notable troughs. The second is located in the bread oven, a very old construction in the Madesclaire-Aumarchad house. The third is on the terrace of the Cheze Sailly Chassagnac families' house. This trough, in granite, has a diameter of 0.90 m and a height of 0.95 m round and is entirely hand carved. It is clearly a very old piece of undeniable archaeological value.
- Martial Brigouleix, a resistance fighter born on 24 April 1903 at Ambrugeat and shot on 2 October 1943 at Mont-Valerien
- André Desassis (known as "Darius"), a resistance fighter born in 1920 in the village of Lassagne and died in April 1944 after an unpleasant imprisonment at Limoges. He set up contact with Georges Guingouin as a basis for the first FTP (Francs-tireurs et partisans) troops. A monument was erected to his memory on the town square in Ambrugeat and a ceremony is held every Easter Monday to recall his commitment: in particular the National Association of Veterans of the Resistance (ANACR) and the mayor of the commune.
- Bernard Mazaud, painter and former resistance fighter
- Communes of the Corrèze department
- Ambrugeat on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Ambrugeat on the INSEE website (French)
- INSEE (French)
Notes and references
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 , the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Inhabitants of Corrèze (French)
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- List of Mayors of France
- The village is spelled with a "d". There are several spellings (Lafond, Lafon, Lafont). Almost all the people prefer and write Lafont which refers to the town fountain where formerly they would fetch water every day.
- On 8 August 2010, a party was organized for the development of the trough.
- He wrote: "I do not know of another similar except at Feyssaguet in Saint-Setiers but that stone trough is circular where the one at Beynat is rectangular."
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