Combray

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Combray
Combray is located in France
Combray
Combray
Coordinates: 48°57′00″N 0°26′17″W / 48.95°N 0.4381°W / 48.95; -0.4381Coordinates: 48°57′00″N 0°26′17″W / 48.95°N 0.4381°W / 48.95; -0.4381
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Thury-Harcourt
Intercommunality Suisse Normande
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Daniel Margueritte
Area1 4.51 km2 (1.74 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 130
 • Density 29/km2 (75/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14171 / 14220
Elevation 88–230 m (289–755 ft)
(avg. 187 m or 614 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.

Combray is a commune in the Calvados department in the Lower Normandy in north-western France.[1]

Combray is also an imagined village in Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time), a book which was strongly inspired by the village of his childhood, Illiers, which has now been renamed Illiers-Combray in his honor. Combray is the title of the first part of the first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu, titled Du côté de chez Swann (Swann's Way).

There is a medieval motte-and-bailey castle.[2]

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 122 —    
1968 123 +0.8%
1975 95 −22.8%
1982 100 +5.3%
1990 98 −2.0%
1999 130 +32.7%
2008 130 +0.0%

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