Saint-Front-la-Rivière

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Saint-Front-la-Rivière
Saint-Front-la-Rivière église.JPG
Saint-Front-la-Rivière is located in France
Saint-Front-la-Rivière
Saint-Front-la-Rivière
Coordinates: 45°28′23″N 0°43′38″E / 45.4731°N 0.7272°E / 45.4731; 0.7272Coordinates: 45°28′23″N 0°43′38″E / 45.4731°N 0.7272°E / 45.4731; 0.7272
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Nontron
Canton Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière
Intercommunality Périgord vert
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Francis Guinot
Area
 • Land1 17.89 km2 (6.91 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 530
 • Population2 density 30/km2 (77/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24410 / 24300
Elevation 125–233 m (410–764 ft)
(avg. 132 m or 433 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.

Saint-Front-la-Rivière is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

This pretty village has a twelfth-century church, a bar, petrol station, school and a post office. It also has 4 châteaux, medieval to nineteenth century. There are also the ruins of the Du Barry family château, dating to the time of François I. The Du Barrys were implicated in a plot to overthrow the monarch during the Wars of Religion.

Chazelles, one of St Front's surrounding hamlets was a mint in Gallo-Roman times, before the village came into being.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 920 —    
1800 905 −1.6%
1806 898 −0.8%
1821 915 +1.9%
1831 997 +9.0%
1836 986 −1.1%
1841 980 −0.6%
1846 980 +0.0%
1851 1,015 +3.6%
1856 972 −4.2%
1861 964 −0.8%
1866 940 −2.5%
1872 930 −1.1%
1876 957 +2.9%
1881 975 +1.9%
1886 980 +0.5%
1891 945 −3.6%
1896 864 −8.6%
1901 837 −3.1%
1906 837 +0.0%
1911 809 −3.3%
1921 749 −7.4%
1926 775 +3.5%
1931 716 −7.6%
1936 671 −6.3%
1946 650 −3.1%
1954 674 +3.7%
1962 639 −5.2%
1968 570 −10.8%
1975 586 +2.8%
1982 541 −7.7%
1990 559 +3.3%
1999 543 −2.9%
2008 530 −2.4%

Economy[edit]

In the 19th century St Front had a good reputation for the quality of its wine. There remain a few private vineyards but no commercial activity. An important contributor to the village's growth was the steam tram linking Saint Front to Périgueux, the administrative capital of the Dordogne, to Brantôme and the railway at Saint-Pardoux-la-Rivière. Apart from agriculture, St Front was the manufacturing headquarters of an important picture frame manufacturer. The factory, which was the last big local employer, closed at the start of this century

Saint-Front-la-Rivière today[edit]

The village is currently enjoying a small housing boom with many new-builds. The new owners are a mixture of locals and incomers from the Périgord but also British and Dutch. Village social life is driven by the bar, "Auberge de la Dronne", a few associations and the comité des fêtes. Each year there is a Loto day, Boules competition, a flea market with children's funfair, farmers' markets and a cycle race "Les Boucles de la Dronne". Guests in 2009 include veteran Tour de France champions and the race attracts many cycling pros.

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