Gournay-en-Bray

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Gournay-en-Bray
Gournay-en-Bray is located in France
Gournay-en-Bray
Gournay-en-Bray
Coordinates: 49°28′53″N 1°43′29″E / 49.4814°N 1.7247°E / 49.4814; 1.7247Coordinates: 49°28′53″N 1°43′29″E / 49.4814°N 1.7247°E / 49.4814; 1.7247
Country France
Region Upper Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Dieppe
Canton Gournay-en-Bray
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Canton de Gournay-en-Bray
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Lou Pain
Area
 • Land1 10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 6,320
 • 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.

Gournay-en-Bray is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in north-western France.

Geography[edit]

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.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Gournay-en-Bray
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 5048 5791 6430 6344 6147 6275 6320
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Gournay-en-Bray
The arms of Gournay-en-Bray are blazoned:
Sable, an armed knight contourny maintaining in his right hand a lance argent, and in chief a fleur-de-lys Or.

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[edit]

  • 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

International relations[edit]

  • EnglandHailsham, England

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".[1] 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.[2]

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