Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon

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Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon
Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon is located in France
Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon
Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon
Coordinates: 49°29′24″N 0°34′19″E / 49.49°N 0.5719°E / 49.49; 0.5719Coordinates: 49°29′24″N 0°34′19″E / 49.49°N 0.5719°E / 49.49; 0.5719
Country France
Region Upper Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Le Havre
Canton Lillebonne
Intercommunality Caux-Vallée de Seine
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Claude Weiss
Area
 • Land1 18.74 km2 (7.24 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 8,541
 • Population2 density 460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 76476 / 76330
Elevation 0–138 m (0–453 ft)
(avg. 35 m or 115 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.

Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France.

Geography[edit]

A small town with a huge industrial area (Port-Jérome) to the southwest with farming and woodland to the north and east, in the Pays de Caux, situated by the banks of the river Seine, some 20 miles (32 km) east of Le Havre, at the junction of the D81, D373 and D110 roads.

History[edit]

  • The parishes of Saint-Georges-de-Gravenchon and Notre Dame were part of the royal domain of Lillebonne. The Counts of Évreux built the medieval castle of Fontaine-Saint-Denis. The two parishes were joined as one commune in 1823 under the name of Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon.
  • Napoleon III opened the new industrial area of Port-Jérôme. A commemorative stone recalls his visit on May 28, 1861. Until then, the commune was an agricultural town.
  • In 1930, two oil refineries with two separate housing districts were established. "Standard" (for Esso employees) and "Vacuum" (for Mobil Oil's workers).
  • During World War II, the refineries were partly destroyed (1940) but rebuilt after 1945. Notre Dame de Gravenchon has been occupied by the Germans as from 12 June 1940 and liberated on 31 August 1944 jointly by the British and Belgian armies (Brigade Piron).[1]

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon

The arms of Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon are blazoned :
Per fess 1: per pale A: gules, a demi-lion issuant from the per pale line and B: Azure, the outline of a drakkar on waves argent; and 2: Vert, 2 stalks of wheat in saltire argent and in chief 3 chemical flasks outlined, and half full argent, middle one largest; all the lines of division fimbriated.




Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
5488 6273 8335 8963 8901 8618 8541
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest[edit]

  • The church of Notre-Dame, dating from the twelfth century.
  • The church of St.Georges, dating from the twentieth century.
  • A seventeenth century public washhouse.
  • Vestiges of the medieval castle and chapel at La Fontaine-Saint-Denis.

Twinning[edit]

Notre Dame de Gravenchon is twinned with Street, a village in Somerset, a county in the south west of England and Isny im Allgäu an City in the South of Baden-Würrtemberg, Germany

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ armées.com. "Armées.com - Escape Report Sgt Nekervis". Xn--armes-dsa.com. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 

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