Bricquebec

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Bricquebec
Château de Bricquebec
Château de Bricquebec
Coat of arms of Bricquebec
Coat of arms
Bricquebec is located in France
Bricquebec
Bricquebec
Coordinates: 49°28′00″N 1°38′00″W / 49.4667°N 1.6333°W / 49.4667; -1.6333Coordinates: 49°28′00″N 1°38′00″W / 49.4667°N 1.6333°W / 49.4667; -1.6333
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Bricquebec
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri-Louis Védie (PR)
Area
 • Land1 32.66 km2 (12.61 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 4,252
 • Population2 density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50082 / 50260
Elevation 7–161 m (23–528 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.

Bricquebec, a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France.

History[edit]

As revealed by the etymology of its name, the origin of Bricquebec (from the Scandinavian bekkr, a course of water; in turn from brekka, slope) is connected to the Viking colonisation of the Cotentin Peninsula at the beginning of the 10th century. Tradition attributes the foundation of the château to the Norman, Anslech. The dukes of Normandy made Bricquebec one of their strongholds.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Bricquebec

The arms of Bricquebec are blazoned :
Or, a lion vert armed and langued gules.




International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Bricquebec is twinned with:[1]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 4,266 —    
1800 4,000 −6.2%
1806 4,345 +8.6%
1821 4,349 +0.1%
1831 4,255 −2.2%
1836 4,414 +3.7%
1841 4,484 +1.6%
1846 4,504 +0.4%
1851 4,446 −1.3%
1856 3,988 −10.3%
1861 3,969 −0.5%
1866 3,779 −4.8%
1872 3,622 −4.2%
1876 3,667 +1.2%
1881 3,757 +2.5%
1886 3,647 −2.9%
1891 3,661 +0.4%
1896 2,761 −24.6%
1901 2,778 +0.6%
1906 2,817 +1.4%
1911 2,816 −0.0%
1921 2,536 −9.9%
1926 2,596 +2.4%
1931 2,604 +0.3%
1936 2,682 +3.0%
1946 2,882 +7.5%
1954 2,732 −5.2%
1962 2,873 +5.2%
1968 3,063 +6.6%
1975 3,142 +2.6%
1982 3,724 +18.5%
1990 4,363 +17.2%
1999 4,360 −0.1%
2009 4,252 −2.5%

Inhabitants are referred to as Bricquebétais.

Sights[edit]

  • Château (XIIe), with polygonal ramparts, towers and turret (historical monument class).
  • Château des Galleries (XVIe/XVIIe)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Cistercian) (XIXe)
  • Château Saint-Blaise (XVIIe/XIXe)

Events[edit]

  • Market every Monday morning
  • La Sainte Anne traditional fair on the last weekend in July

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  2. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ Hudson, Jean. "Alresford Twinning Association". Retrieved 2013-07-12.