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Bazoches-sur-Vesle is located in France
Coordinates: 49°18′28″N 3°37′10″E / 49.3078°N 3.6194°E / 49.3078; 3.6194Coordinates: 49°18′28″N 3°37′10″E / 49.3078°N 3.6194°E / 49.3078; 3.6194
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Soissons
Canton Braine
Intercommunality Val de l'Aisne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Denis Yvanes
 • Land1 9.49 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Population2 457
 • Population2 density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 02054 / 02220
Elevation 52–174 m (171–571 ft)
(avg. 58 m or 190 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.

Bazoches-sur-Vesles (also spelt Bazoches-sur-Vesle "Vesle" without an "s" was officially abandoned[1][2]) is a French commune in the department of Aisne in the Picardy region of northern France.


Bazoches-sur-Vasles is located some 25 km east by south-east of Soissons and 30 km west by north-west of Rheims. It is traversed from east to west by National Route N31 (E46) passing just north of the village. The village can be accessed off the N31 on road D83 which continues south-west to Mont-Notre-Dame. The D484 branches east off the D83 to Saint-Thibaut. The commune is served by the SNCF railway line from Paris (Gare de l'Est) - La Ferte-Milon - Reims with a station just south of the village. The eastern border of the commune is also the border between Aisne and Marne departments. The commune is mostly farmland with scattered patches of forest.

The Vesle river forms part of the southern border of the commune before flowing west through the commune then forming the western border and continuing on to join the Aisne near Condé-sur-Aisne. There are several lakes or reservoirs to the west of the town.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


The Roman Prefects of Gaul had a palace in the area[4]

Bazoches-sur-Vesle was the site of intense combat between American and German troops during the Vesle campaign of the First World War, in July–August 1918.


List of Successive Mayors of Bazoches-sur-Vesles

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Hervé Gironnay DVG
2008 2014 Denis Yvanes[5]

(Not all data is known)


In 2010, the commune had 457 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 municipalities 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
254 297 292 331 345 358 397 427 420
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
417 422 370 366 354 324 318 326 364
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
350 363 365 292 395 375 357 328 360
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
328 311 333 281 351 383 440 457 -

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

Population of Bazoches-sur-Vesles

Sites and Monuments[edit]

  • The Church of Saint Peter has been classified as a historical monument since 1919.
  • The enclosure and the tower of the old castle have also been classified as historical monuments since 1927.

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 [1], 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 municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities 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. ^ INSEE (French)
  2. ^ The 1959 edition of the "National Dictionary of Communes of France" mentioned Bazoches-sur-Vesle but the edition of 1992 had Bazoches-sur-Vesles.
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ Dezobry and Bachelet, Dictionary of Biography, t.1, Ch. Delagrave, 1876, p.246 (French)
  5. ^ General Council of Aisne consulted on 7 July 2008 (French)