Saint-Mesmin, Dordogne

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Saint-Mesmin
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Coat of arms of Saint-Mesmin
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Saint-Mesmin is located in France
Saint-Mesmin
Saint-Mesmin
Coordinates: 45°21′11″N 1°12′22″E / 45.3531°N 1.2061°E / 45.3531; 1.2061Coordinates: 45°21′11″N 1°12′22″E / 45.3531°N 1.2061°E / 45.3531; 1.2061
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Périgueux
Canton Excideuil
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Bouchaud
Area1 29.58 km2 (11.42 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 270
 • Density 9.1/km2 (24/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24464 / 24270
Elevation 182–415 m (597–1,362 ft)
(avg. 300 m or 980 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-Mesmin is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Geography[edit]

The commune is located in the north-east corner of the Dordogne department, on a hill above the river Auvézère. The village is located 42 km (26 mi) north-east of Périgueux. The area consists of forests and farmland.

History[edit]

From the creation of the departments in 1790 Saint-Mesmin was first included in the Corrèze department. Three years later in 1793 it joined the Dordogne department.

Population[edit]

The largest population that the census recorded was 1,168 in 1886. Since World War I, the population has gradually been declining.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,033 —    
1800 961 −7.0%
1806 864 −10.1%
1821 1,102 +27.5%
1831 1,007 −8.6%
1836 1,054 +4.7%
1841 1,098 +4.2%
1846 1,122 +2.2%
1851 1,159 +3.3%
1856 1,080 −6.8%
1861 1,140 +5.6%
1866 1,143 +0.3%
1872 1,075 −5.9%
1876 1,082 +0.7%
1881 1,088 +0.6%
1886 1,168 +7.4%
1891 1,107 −5.2%
1896 1,122 +1.4%
1901 1,106 −1.4%
1906 1,124 +1.6%
1911 1,115 −0.8%
1921 951 −14.7%
1926 889 −6.5%
1931 808 −9.1%
1936 792 −2.0%
1946 708 −10.6%
1954 633 −10.6%
1962 461 −27.2%
1968 534 +15.8%
1975 455 −14.8%
1982 393 −13.6%
1990 324 −17.6%
1999 284 −12.3%
2008 270 −4.9%

Sights[edit]

  • The Auvézère has eroded a more than 100 meter deep gorge in limestone rock. There are footpaths through the gorge, offering access to the cascades.
  • The Puy des Ages is a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) long rocky ridge on the border of the communes of Saint-Cyr-les-Champagnes and St-Mesmin. Its maximum elevation is 415 m above sea level.

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