Ingolsheim

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Ingolsheim
Street in Ingolsheim
Street in Ingolsheim
Ingolsheim is located in France
Ingolsheim
Ingolsheim
Coordinates: 48°58′30″N 7°56′16″E / 48.975°N 7.9378°E / 48.975; 7.9378Coordinates: 48°58′30″N 7°56′16″E / 48.975°N 7.9378°E / 48.975; 7.9378
Country France
Region Alsace
Department Bas-Rhin
Arrondissement Wissembourg
Canton Soultz-sous-Forêts
Intercommunality Pays de Wissembourg
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jeannot Nussbaum
Area1 4.46 km2 (1.72 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 294
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 67222 / 67250
Elevation 146–205 m (479–673 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.

Ingolsheim (German: Inglesheim) is a commune in the north of the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

The commune is part of the North-Vosges Natural park.

Geography[edit]

Ingolsheim is a small village with an economy based on agriculture. During the second half of the twentieth century French agriculture became very much more mechanized than hitherto, and many villagers work in the surrounding towns.

The village is positioned between Soultz-sous-Forêts and Wissembourg. Adjacent communes are Cleebourg, Hunspach, Riedseltz and Seebach.

History[edit]

The origins of Ingolsheim go back more than a thousand years. It appears as "Ingoldeshaha" in an imperial record of Otto II, from the year 967. The name mutated through various versions before becoming "Ingolsheim".

The reformation reached the village in 1558, and the parish was served by an ecumenical church until the construction of a Catholic church in 1900.

The Second World War was rendered the more shocking for the villagers by to the proximity of the Maginot line, less than a kilometre away, and in particular the nearby Schoenenbourg fortifications. The village was one of many Alsatian communities located near the frontier to be evacuated to Haute-Vienne, in this case to the village of Bessines-sur-Gartempe.

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