Lapradelle-Puilaurens

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Puilaurens
Lapradelle-Puilaurens vue depuis le château.jpg
Coat of arms of Puilaurens
Coat of arms
Puilaurens is located in France
Puilaurens
Puilaurens
Coordinates: 42°48′38″N 2°18′21″E / 42.8106°N 2.3058°E / 42.8106; 2.3058Coordinates: 42°48′38″N 2°18′21″E / 42.8106°N 2.3058°E / 42.8106; 2.3058
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Aude
Arrondissement Limoux
Canton Axat
Intercommunality Canton of Axat
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Galy
Area
 • Land1 33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Population2 259
 • Population2 density 7.8/km2 (20/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 11302 / 11140
Elevation 399–1,420 m (1,309–4,659 ft)
(avg. 424 m or 1,391 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.

Lapradelle-Puilaurens (in Occitan: La Pradèla de Puèglhaurenç) is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

It includes the hamlets of Lapradelle, Puilaurens, and Lavignac. It is known for the medieval Puilaurens Castle.

Geography[edit]

The commune is situated on the Boulzane river and the Green Meridian.

History[edit]

The built-up area of Lapradelle did not exist until the 19th century and owes its development to activities related to water power taken from the Boulzane: textile spinning and sawmills.

In 1904, a railway was constructed from Quillan to Rivesaltes (the Carcassonne - Rivesaltes Line) passing through Lapradelle on a viaduct spanning the valley of the Boulzane. The line carried passengers until 1939. Afterwards it was used to transport feldspar between the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales, the railway line is today used in the summer for a tourist train, running between Axat and Rivesaltes.

In 1868, Lapradelle-Puilaurens lost the hamlets of Salvezines and Caunil, established as the separate commune of Salvezines.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1962 324 —    
1968 378 +16.7%
1975 257 −32.0%
1982 222 −13.6%
1990 219 −1.4%
1999 236 +7.8%
2007 259 +9.7%

Its inhabitants are called Puilaurenois.

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