Gardens at the Chateau of Carbonat
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Roger Destannes|
|• Land1||47.67 km2 (18.41 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||15012 / 15130|
|Elevation||566–844 m (1,857–2,769 ft)
(avg. 600 m or 2,000 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 Arpajonnais or Arpajonnaises
Arpajon-sur-Cère is located immediately to the south of Aurillac some 70 km south-east of Brive-la-Gaillarde. The town is an extension of the urban area of Aurillac. Access to the commune is by the D920 from Aurillac which continues south to Lafeuillade-en-Vézie. The D990 also goes from south of the town to Vézac in the east. The D58 comes from Giou-de-Mamou in the north-east then goes south-west from the town to the Château de Conros and joins the D617 at the south-western border of the commune. Much of the runway of Aurillac – Tronquières Airport is in the commune. A railway passes through the north of the commune but the nearest station is in Aurillac. Apart from the town there are the villages and hamlets of:
- Le Pont
- Le Bousquet
- Le Cambon
- Le Sal
- Les Granges
- Les Quatre Routes
Outside the residential areas there are extensive forests in the south and south-west with the rest of the commune farmland.
The name Arpjon originates from the Gallic word Arpaionem which is composed of the word arepo meaning "plough". It was attested in 923 in the form: vicaria arpajonensis. In Carladézien dialect, Arpajon is pronounced Olpotsou, according to a recording there in 2007.
The Dejou Féniès & son and Lartigue companies were established in the commune in the 20th century manufacturing wood especially Jouets Dejou (Dejou Toys) which are highly sought after by Doll collectors.
Azure, a bend of Or, between 6 escallops set in orle.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 6,009 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]
Sites and Monuments
- Parish Church
- Barrière hamlet where Louis Laparra de Fieux was born.
- Cabrières bridge, a hamlet and a bridge which once had a toll.
- Château de Carbonat
- Château de Conros
- Chateau de Ganhac currently a mansion house, a former fief awarded in 1676 to Charles de Broquin, who was married to Jeanne de Cambefort.
- Château de Montal, a former fief whose family was originally the Lords of Laroquebrou and Conros, with a castrale chapel under the invocation of Saint Michael. It then became the property of the La Roque-Montal family.
- Chateau de La Prade, purchased in 1756 by Marie-Françoise de Broglie, the widow of Charles Robert de Lignerac, who did considerable work on the building. Ruined in the French Revolution.
- Arboretum d'Arpajon-sur-Cère
- The Chateau de Carbonat
- Louis Laparra de Fieux (Arpajon 1651-1706), engineer of fortifications and strategist.
- Édouard Jean Baptiste Milhaud (Arpajon 1766 - Aurillac 1833), member of the National Convention, General, Count of the Empire.
- Eugene d'Humières, man of letters, translator of Kipling.
- Louis Dauzier, politician and mayor of Aurillac under the French Third Republic.
- Antoine Dusserre (Carbonnat 1865-1925), novelist.
- Communes of the Cantal department
- Discovery of an early Christian sarcophagus and medieval sepulchres in sarcophagi at Arpajon-sur-Cère (French)
- Arpajon-sur-Cère on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Arpajon-sur-Cère 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" 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.
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