Mourjou

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Mourjou
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Mourjou is located in France
Mourjou
Mourjou
Coordinates: 44°41′29″N 2°19′48″E / 44.6914°N 2.33°E / 44.6914; 2.33Coordinates: 44°41′29″N 2°19′48″E / 44.6914°N 2.33°E / 44.6914; 2.33
Country France
Region Auvergne
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Aurillac
Canton Maurs
Intercommunality Pays de Maurs
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Raymond Delcamp
Area1 29.99 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 327
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 15136 / 15340
Elevation 294–663 m (965–2,175 ft)
(avg. 480 m or 1,570 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.

Mourjou is a commune in the Cantal department in south-central France. A chestnut fair is held annually during the third weekend of October.

Peter Graham, the writer and journalist, is the author of Mourjou: The Life and Food of an Auvergne Village.[1] The book, based on historical research and interviews with many local residents, describes the area surrounding the village, known as the Chataigneraie, and its customs and cuisine.

The village is home to the Maison de la Chataigne, a museum dedicated to the chestnut: its history, its cultivation and harvesting, and its consumption. It is open from June to September every day of the week in the afternoon, except Monday.

There is a restaurant, the Auberge de Mourjou, which is open seven days a week.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,046 —    
1821 1,119 +7.0%
1841 1,115 −0.4%
1856 1,163 +4.3%
1872 1,062 −8.7%
1886 1,017 −4.2%
1901 860 −15.4%
1911 864 +0.5%
1921 759 −12.2%
1936 746 −1.7%
1946 658 −11.8%
1962 592 −10.0%
1975 543 −8.3%
1982 503 −7.4%
1990 420 −16.5%
1999 354 −15.7%
2008 327 −7.6%
2011 311 −4.9%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Peter (1999). Mourjou: The Life and Food of an Auvergne Village (in English, French). London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0140468601.