Arpajon-sur-Cère

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Arpajon-sur-Cère
Gardens at the Chateau of Carbonat
Gardens at the Chateau of Carbonat
Coat of arms of Arpajon-sur-Cère
Coat of arms
Arpajon-sur-Cère is located in France
Arpajon-sur-Cère
Arpajon-sur-Cère
Coordinates: 44°54′17″N 2°27′27″E / 44.9047°N 2.4575°E / 44.9047; 2.4575Coordinates: 44°54′17″N 2°27′27″E / 44.9047°N 2.4575°E / 44.9047; 2.4575
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Aurillac
Canton Arpajon-sur-Cère
Intercommunality Bassin d'Aurillac
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Roger Destannes
Area
 • Land1 47.67 km2 (18.41 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 6,009
 • 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.

Arpajon-sur-Cère (Occitan: Arpajon) is a French commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south-central France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arpajonnais or Arpajonnaises[1]

Geography[edit]

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:

  • Carbonnat
  • Esmoles
  • Le Pont
  • Roquetorte
  • Douarat
  • Le Bousquet
  • Crespiat
  • Le Cambon
  • Le Sal
  • Les Granges
  • Lapeyrusse
  • Carsac
  • Combelles
  • Senilhes
  • Les Quatre Routes
  • Toules,

Outside the residential areas there are extensive forests in the south and south-west with the rest of the commune farmland.[2]

The Jordanne river flows from Aurillac to join the Cère just south-west of the town with the Cère continuing west to eventually join the Dordogne at Girac.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]

Toponymy[edit]

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.[3] In Carladézien dialect, Arpajon is pronouned Olpotsou, according to a recording there in 2007.

History[edit]

The Dejou factory
"Jouets Dejou" poster

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.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Arpajon-sur-Cère

Blazon:
Azure, a bend of Or, between 6 escallops set in orle.




Administration[edit]

List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1977 2014 Roger Destannes PS

(Not all data is known)

Twinning[edit]

Arpajon-sur-Cère has twinning associations with:[5]

Demography[edit]

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]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
1,836 1,728 2,064 2,043 2,234 2,292 2,331 2,350 2,271
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
2,272 2,278 2,225 2,106 2,228 2,268 2,242 2,268 2,354
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
2,457 2,450 2,579 2,332 2,412 2,467 2,576 2,824 2,891
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
3,071 3,277 4,260 4,866 5,296 5,545 5,835 6,009 -

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


Population of Arpajon-sur-Cère

Sites and Monuments[edit]

The Chateau de Conros
A Tremissis coin from Childebert I struck at Arpajon-sur-Cère
  • 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

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[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.

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