|Intercommunality||Communauté de communes du Canton de Gournay-en-Bray|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Lou Pain|
|• Land1||10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||76312 / 76220|
|Elevation||84–133 m (276–436 ft)
(avg. 94 m or 308 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.
A town of farming and light industry, it is situated in the Pays de Bray, some 30 mi (48 km) east of Rouen, at the junction of the N 31, the D 915 and the D 930 roads.
The commune’s territory includes three former parish hamlets, near the confluence of the Epte with three other smaller rivers – the Morette, Auchy and Aulnaie.
|From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.|
The arms of Gournay-en-Bray are blazoned:
The traditional armoury of the Counts of Gournay seems to have been Sable simple (a pure black shield with nothing on it), hence the sable field here.
Places of interest
- The Collegiate Church of Saint-Hildevert, built in the 12th century, is famous for its Roman capitals, ornate decoration and its ancient religious sculptures.
- Vestiges of a 17th-century priory, now a farm
- Ruins of a 12th-century Capuchin monastery
- The chapel at the hamlet of Saint-Clair, built in 1829
- A memorial fountain of the 18th century
- The town gates and fortifications, dating from the 13th century
- Traces of 10th-century fortifications
- The 16th-century church of Saint-Jean-Batiste
Gournay-en-Bray is twinned with Hailsham in the English County of East Sussex. Hailsham has a much larger population (circa 20,500 compared to Gournay-en-Bray's circa 6,500) but, according to Hailsham Town Council, "the features and facilities of both towns are quite similar". A Twinning Charter was signed in Hailsham in October 2000 and in Gournay-en-Bray in February 2001, and renewed in both towns on its 10th anniversary.
- Gournay-en-Bray official website (French)
- Office of tourism in Gournay-en-Bray (French)
- Gournay-en-Bray on the Quid website (French)
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