Arbus, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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Arbus Village
Arbus Village
Arbus is located in France
Coordinates: 43°20′03″N 0°30′17″W / 43.3342°N 0.5047°W / 43.3342; -0.5047Coordinates: 43°20′03″N 0°30′17″W / 43.3342°N 0.5047°W / 43.3342; -0.5047
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Pau
Canton Lescar
Intercommunality Miey de Béarn
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Didier Larrieu
 • Land1 13.89 km2 (5.36 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 1,098
 • Population2 density 79/km2 (200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64037 / 64230
Elevation 125–284 m (410–932 ft)
(avg. 144 m or 472 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.

Arbus (Arbús in Occitan) is a French commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arbusiens or Arbusiennes[1]


Entry to Arbus.
Centre of the village and the Town Hall
Church of Saint-Mamer
The town

Arbus is located in the urban area of Pau 15 km to the north-west of the city and some 35 km south-east of Orthez mostly on the south bank of the Gave de Pau. Access to the commune is on the D2 road from Laroin in the south-east passing through the north of the commune to Abos in the north-west. Access to the village is by the D804 running off the D2 in the commune and continuing to Artiguelouve in the south-east and also by the D229 from the village to Parbayse in the south-west. The commune is mixed forest and farmland with large forests in the west, south, and south-east.[2]

Located in the Drainage basin of the Adour, the Gave de Pau flows through the northern part of the commune with some of its tributaries flowing through the rest of the commune: the Juscle and Baise Lasseube, as well as their tributaries, the Sibé stream, and the old Canal du Moulin which is itself joined in the commune by the Arrious stream.

Historical places and hamlets[3][edit]

  • Alicq[4]
  • Barraqué
  • Barrère
  • Bédat
  • Bellocq
  • Berduc
  • Bert
  • Biscar
  • Bordes
  • Candau
  • Cap d'Arrandes
  • Castaing
  • Castéra
  • Catroui
  • Chigé
  • Croutzé
  • Fages
  • Ferrou
  • Gaurrat
  • Laborde
  • Labourdette
  • Lacroix
  • Lagré
  • Lahitte
  • Lalanne
  • Laplace
  • Larribot
  • Larrieste
  • Laugary
  • Manciet
  • Monget
  • Mounes
  • Parisot
  • Pé de Lahore
  • Peyrounet
  • Pommé
  • Priou
  • Ramonteu
  • Rauly
  • Saint-Sorque
  • Sarthou
  • Serviau
  • Sibé[4]
  • Sibers
  • Tourangé
  • Les Tourne-Brides
  • Tuheil
  • Vigneau

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The name Arbus was mentioned in 1170[4] (Titles of Barcelona[5]) and appears in the forms:

According to Michel Grosclaude,[7] there is an aquitane root *arb-, meaning "grass" (close to alpe), and a collective suffix -untz giving a meaning of "a place where there is grass".

Its name in béarnais is Arbús (according to the classical norm of occitan).

Alicq is the name of a farm and is mentioned in 1863 by the Topographic Dictionary Béarn-Basque Country.[4]

Paul Raymond in 1863 mentioned a place called Loubagnon which was mentioned in 1775[4] with the spelling Looubagnon (Terrier[9] of Arbus[10]).

Saint-Mamet was a hamlet in Arbus mentioned by the Topographic Dictionary of 1863.[4]

Sibé is a hydronyme, designating a tributary of the Baïse de Lasseube.


Paul Raymond[4] noted that in 1385 Arbus had forty fires and depended on the bailiwick of Pau. The town was a dependency of the Marquisate of Gassion.


List of Successive Mayors[11]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2014 Didier Larrieu

(Not all data is known)


The commune of Arbus is part of eight inter-communal structures:[12]

  • the Community of communes of Miey de Béarn;
  • the SIVU for the management and development of the watercourses in the Baïses basin;
  • the SIVU for aged and infirm services for the Canton of Lescar;
  • the AEP association for Gave and Baïse;
  • the association for the management of the banks of the Juscle and its tributaries;
  • the association for sanitation of the communes in the valleys of the Juscle and the Baïse;
  • the Energy association for Pyrénées-Atlantiques ;
  • the inter-communal syndicate for defence against floods of the Gave de Pau.


In 2009 the commune had 1,098 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from 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]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
75 673 663 751 869 847 837 900 841
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
823 776 765 730 758 712 700 636 637
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
637 614 582 568 499 494 507 445 415
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
469 470 537 663 965 1,031 1,076 1,098 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Arbus


The commune is part of the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) zone of Winemakers of Jurançon and of Béarn and partially in the AOC zone for Ossau-iraty.

Culture and Heritage[edit]

Religious Heritage[edit]

The Church of Saint-Mamer[13] dates to 1868. It has been registered as a historical monument since 2003.



The town has a primary school.[14]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ 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" allows, 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.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French)
  2. ^ a b Google Maps
  3. ^ Géoportail, Géoportail, IGN, consulted on 22 December 2011 (French)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Paul Raymond, Topographic Dictionary of Béarn-Basque Country, 1863 (French)
  5. ^ Titles published in the proofs of the History of Béarn by Pierre de Marca (French)
  6. ^ Cartulary of Orthez, called Martinet, manuscript from the 14th to 17th centuries - Departmental Archives of the Orthez Town Hall (French)
  7. ^ a b c Michel Grosclaude, Toponymic Dictonary of communes, Béarn, Edicions reclams & Édition Cairn, 2006, ISBN 2 35068 005 3 (French)
  8. ^ Manuscript from the 14th century - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques (French)
  9. ^ A register containing the laws and customs of a Lordship
  10. ^ Manuscript from the 18th century - Departmental Archives of Pyrénées-Atlantiques
  11. ^ List of Mayors of France
  12. ^ Intercommunality of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Cellule informatique préfecture 64, consulted on 20 December 2011 (French)
  13. ^ French Ministry of Culture Notice IA64000554 Church of St. Mamer (French)
  14. ^ The Arbus School on the commune website (French)
  15. ^ Date given by La Grande Encyclopédie and the Trésor de Chronologie
  16. ^ Date given by La Grande Encyclopédie
  17. ^ Nominal spelling given by La Grande Encyclopédie
  18. ^ Nominal spelling given by the Trésor de Chronologie(French)