Château de Combourg
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Joël Le Besco|
|• Land1||63.55 km2 (24.54 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||88/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||35085 / 35270|
|Elevation||29–120 m (95–394 ft)
(avg. 66 m or 217 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.
Inhabitants of Combourg are called Combourgeois and, more rarely Combournais, in French.
Arthur Young, the English writer and economist, visited Combourg on his travels through France in 1788. He wrote of the town:
SEPTEMBER 1 . The country has a savage aspect; husbandry not much further advanced, at least in skill, than among the Hurons, which appears incredible amidst enclosures; the people almost as wild as their country, and their town of Combourg one of the most brutal filthy places that can be seen; mud houses, no windows, and a pavement so broken, as to impede all passengers, but ease none — yet here is a chateau, and inhabited; who is this Monsieur de Chateaubriant, the owner, that has nerves strung for a residence amidst such filth and poverty? Below this hideous heap of wretchedness is a fine lake, surrounded by well wooded enclosures.
Chateaubriand commented later: "This M. de Chateaubriand was my father. The retreat that seemed so hideous to the ill-tempered agronomist was a fine and noble dwelling, albeit dark and solemn." He did not comment on Young's description of the town.
- Arthur Young (1792) Travels in France During the Years 1787, 1788, 1789 reprinted 1977, p99.
- François-René de Chateaubriand, Vicomte de Mémoires d'outre-tombe. 2 vols, Ed. J-C Berchet. 1889-92
- Graham Robb, The Discovery of France, Picador, 2007, p.90
- Official website (French)
- Combourg's Tourism Information Center site ((English)
- Cultural Heritage (French)
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