Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent

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Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent
Church of Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent (France).JPG
Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent is located in France
Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent
Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent
Coordinates: 49°31′37″N 0°15′26″E / 49.5269°N 0.2572°E / 49.5269; 0.2572Coordinates: 49°31′37″N 0°15′26″E / 49.5269°N 0.2572°E / 49.5269; 0.2572
Country France
Region Upper Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Le Havre
Canton Saint-Romain-de-Colbosc
Government
 • Mayor Jean Moreau
Area1 7.78 km2 (3.00 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,471
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 76596 / 76700
Elevation 33–108 m (108–354 ft)
(avg. 46 m or 151 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-Laurent-de-Brèvedent is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France.

Geography[edit]

A village of farming and forestry, by the banks of the St.Laurent river, in the Pays de Caux, situated some 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Le Havre, at the junction of the D34, D234 and D111 roads. The commune has a TER railway station and a reservoir providing water for the city of Le Havre.

History[edit]

The village is named after Lawrence of Rome, patron of the village church. The word "Brévedent" probably has its origins in an early Germanic language as beber (beaver) and daum (river), which can be translated as "beaver river" .
The village grew during medieval times, with the construction of the first church in the 12th century. Only the original tower still remains, the rest having been completely rebuilt between 1865 and 1879.
Unusually, a school has existed here since the Middle Ages, even if it functioned erratically. It was replaced by a new building in 1789, during the French Revolution, then again in 1892 and finally rebuilt in 1994.
The commune enjoyed considerable tourism during the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century, as the opening of the railway station in 1847 allowed the residents of Le Havre to spend weekends here in holiday villas, some of which can still seen in the district of Catillon (now nicknamed the "Riviera").
During the Second World War the area, with the calm of the countryside, became a place of refuge for the people of Le Havre, with its proximity and ease of access, far from the industrial and military targets of the large port.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent
The arms of Saint-Laurent-de-Brèvedent are blazoned :
Or, on bend wavy azure between a tree vert and a beaver gules, a lion and an eagle each within an annulet Or.



Population[edit]

Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
789 836 930 1358 1447 1489 1471
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest[edit]

  • The nineteenth-century chateau of Aplemont.
  • Guillaume Malliet, companion of William the Conqueror/AKA William the Bastard built himself a castle at Graville and a Motte-and-bailey Castle in Aplemont, France (Normandy).
  • The church of St. Laurent, dating from the twelfth century.
  • The reservoir and the woods.

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