Saint-James

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This article is about a commune in France. For other uses, see Saint James.
Saint-James
Saint-James is located in France
Saint-James
Saint-James
Coordinates: 48°31′25″N 1°19′24″W / 48.5236°N 1.3233°W / 48.5236; -1.3233Coordinates: 48°31′25″N 1°19′24″W / 48.5236°N 1.3233°W / 48.5236; -1.3233
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Avranches
Canton Saint-James
Intercommunality Saint-James
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Thoury
Area1 17.96 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,917
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50487 / 50240
Elevation 28–151 m (92–495 ft)
(avg. 110 m or 360 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-James (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ʒɑm]) is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

Saint-James is on the border between Normandy and Brittany.

Geography[edit]

The rivers Beuvron and Dierge flow through the commune.

History[edit]

William the Conqueror built the Saint-James fortress in 1067.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Saint-James
The arms of Saint-James are blazoned :
Gules, a gate argent flanked by 2 towers the sinister one taller Or, all masoned sable, in chief 1 escallop and in base 3 escallops argent.



International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Saint-James is twinned with:

Demographics[edit]

Historical population of Saint-James
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999
Population 2415 2452 2489 2766 2976 2917
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

World War II[edit]

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 14 August, the airfield was designated as "A-29", it was used by the 373d Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until early September when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Beaminster twinned with Saint-James". Beaminster Community.net. Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  3. ^ Thoury, Michel. "31 ème anniversaire du Jumelage à Beaminster". Site de L'Office de Tourisme Saint James (in French). Retrieved 2013-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Dorset Twinning Association List". The Dorset Twinning Association. Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  5. ^ Johnson, David C. (1988), U.S. Army Air Forces Continental Airfields (ETO), D-Day to V-E Day; Research Division, USAF Historical Research Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  6. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.