Barfleur

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This article is about the French commune. For the ship, see MV Barfleur.
Barfleur
Barfleur - port.jpg
Coat of arms of Barfleur
Coat of arms
Barfleur is located in France
Barfleur
Barfleur
Coordinates: 49°40′16″N 1°15′48″W / 49.6711°N 1.2633°W / 49.6711; -1.2633Coordinates: 49°40′16″N 1°15′48″W / 49.6711°N 1.2633°W / 49.6711; -1.2633
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Quettehou
Intercommunality Val de Saire
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Deville
Area1 0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 648
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50030 / 50760

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.

Barfleur is a commune in the Manche department in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France. It is twinned with Lyme Regis in the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Middle Ages[edit]

In the Middle Ages Barfleur was one of the chief ports of embarkation for England.[1]

Later[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 896 —    
1800 899 +0.3%
1806 2,553 +184.0%
1821 2,674 +4.7%
1831 2,675 +0.0%
1836 1,158 −56.7%
1841 1,185 +2.3%
1846 1,195 +0.8%
1851 1,271 +6.4%
1856 1,279 +0.6%
1861 1,304 +2.0%
1866 1,253 −3.9%
1872 1,218 −2.8%
1876 1,070 −12.2%
1881 1,005 −6.1%
1886 1,065 +6.0%
1891 1,135 +6.6%
1896 1,189 +4.8%
1901 1,210 +1.8%
1906 1,274 +5.3%
1911 1,238 −2.8%
1921 1,116 −9.9%
1926 1,100 −1.4%
1931 1,069 −2.8%
1936 1,065 −0.4%
1946 977 −8.3%
1954 907 −7.2%
1962 847 −6.6%
1968 837 −1.2%
1975 703 −16.0%
1982 619 −11.9%
1990 599 −3.2%
1999 642 +7.2%
2006 650 +1.2%
2009 648 −0.3%

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Barfleur
The arms of Barfleur are blazoned :
Gules, a seabass contourny palewise argent, and in chief a fleur de lys Or. (seabass=bar en français)
Blason modèle fr Armes parlantes.svg Canting arms.

type "rébus"= bar=seabass + Fleur=flower (but the name Barfleur is actually of scandinavian origin : Barbefloth, Barba's river).



Geography[edit]

About 2 miles (3.2 km) to the north is Cape Barfleur, with a lighthouse 233 ft (71 m) high.[1]

Transportation[edit]

A Brittany Ferries vessel is named after the village and operates from nearby Cherbourg-Octeville to Poole in the United Kingdom.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Barfleur". Encyclopædia Britannica 3 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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