Talmont-sur-Gironde

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Talmont-sur-Gironde
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Talmont-sur-Gironde is located in France
Talmont-sur-Gironde
Talmont-sur-Gironde
Coordinates: 45°32′10″N 0°54′24″W / 45.5361°N 0.9067°W / 45.5361; -0.9067Coordinates: 45°32′10″N 0°54′24″W / 45.5361°N 0.9067°W / 45.5361; -0.9067
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Saintes
Canton Cozes
Intercommunality Pays Royannais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Lo Duca
Area
 • Land1 4.44 km2 (1.71 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 79
 • Population2 density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17437 / 17120
Elevation 0–24 m (0–79 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.


Talmont-sur-Gironde is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern France.

Geography[edit]

The village lies about 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Royan, on a small promontory which dominates the Gironde estuary. It appears to be ‘perched’ on this rocky outcrop, in the way that it occupies every square millimetre of space. Tiny beaches can be found at the base of the fortifications, which mostly are sheer from the sea. Inland there is marshy country and a small waterway runs alongside the south wall of the village.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1793 444 —    
1800 409 −7.9%
1806 360 −12.0%
1821 439 +21.9%
1831 388 −11.6%
1836 389 +0.3%
1841 351 −9.8%
1846 378 +7.7%
1851 377 −0.3%
1856 288 −23.6%
1861 261 −9.4%
1866 253 −3.1%
1872 215 −15.0%
1876 208 −3.3%
1881 236 +13.5%
1886 238 +0.8%
1891 216 −9.2%
1896 183 −15.3%
1901 179 −2.2%
1906 185 +3.4%
1911 142 −23.2%
1921 120 −15.5%
1926 124 +3.3%
1931 106 −14.5%
1936 134 +26.4%
1946 120 −10.4%
1954 159 +32.5%
1962 128 −19.5%
1968 115 −10.2%
1975 92 −20.0%
1982 79 −14.1%
1990 83 +5.1%
1999 83 +0.0%
2008 79 −4.8%

Sights[edit]

Carrelet at Talmont-sur-Gironde

The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

The village is known for its show of hollyhocks, which intrude on the tiny pedestrian-only streets between the small houses.


Church of St Radegonde[edit]

The church of St Radegonde was built in 1094. The structure appears quite 'squat' and is Romanesque in character. The church was a resting place for the Pilgrimage of Saint James of Compostela on the via Turonensis, because the pilgrims crossed the Gironde at this spot (Voie de Soulac Littoral Aquitain).

History[edit]

The enclosed and fortified village was founded around the church in 1284, according to the plans of the ancient bastides, on the orders of Edward I of England. During the Hundred Years' War which divided England and France, Talmont became a strategic stake. In 1652, the village was destroyed by the Spanish.

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