Illiers-Combray

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Illiers-Combray
Illiers-Combray.jpg
Coat of arms of Illiers-Combray
Coat of arms
Illiers-Combray is located in France
Illiers-Combray
Illiers-Combray
Coordinates: 48°18′04″N 1°14′54″E / 48.3011°N 1.2483°E / 48.3011; 1.2483Coordinates: 48°18′04″N 1°14′54″E / 48.3011°N 1.2483°E / 48.3011; 1.2483
Country France
Region Centre
Department Eure-et-Loir
Arrondissement Chartres
Canton Illiers-Combray
Intercommunality Pays de Combray
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Claude Sédillot
Area
 • Land1 33.60 km2 (12.97 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 3,249
 • Population2 density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 28196 / 28120
Elevation 144–204 m (472–669 ft)
(avg. 162 m or 531 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.

Illiers-Combray is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in north central France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 3,170 —    
1800 2,617 −17.4%
1806 2,829 +8.1%
1821 2,473 −12.6%
1831 2,937 +18.8%
1836 3,069 +4.5%
1841 2,916 −5.0%
1846 3,159 +8.3%
1851 3,136 −0.7%
1856 3,100 −1.1%
1861 3,003 −3.1%
1866 3,005 +0.1%
1872 2,993 −0.4%
1876 2,997 +0.1%
1881 2,795 −6.7%
1886 2,831 +1.3%
1891 2,860 +1.0%
1896 2,795 −2.3%
1901 2,812 +0.6%
1906 3,035 +7.9%
1911 2,985 −1.6%
1921 2,790 −6.5%
1926 2,963 +6.2%
1931 2,734 −7.7%
1936 2,875 +5.2%
1946 3,017 +4.9%
1954 2,937 −2.7%
1962 3,089 +5.2%
1968 2,971 −3.8%
1975 3,407 +14.7%
1982 3,333 −2.2%
1990 3,329 −0.1%
1999 3,225 −3.1%
2008 3,249 +0.7%

Literature[edit]

Combray was Marcel Proust's name for the market town of Illiers, of which the vivid recreation opens his vast semi-autobiographical novel In Search of Lost Time. Recent Proust scholarship, however, has argued that Proust's descriptions of Combray owe as much to his uncle's home in Auteuil as to Illiers.

Commemorating Proust's literary achievement, the commune officially changed its name to Illiers-Combray during the 1971 centenary celebration of the author's birth.

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