Épenède

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Épenède
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Épenède is located in France
Épenède
Épenède
Coordinates: 46°03′52″N 0°32′17″E / 46.0644°N 0.5381°E / 46.0644; 0.5381Coordinates: 46°03′52″N 0°32′17″E / 46.0644°N 0.5381°E / 46.0644; 0.5381
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente
Arrondissement Confolens
Canton Confolens-Nord
Intercommunality Confolentais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Roland Lhomme
Area1 15.62 km2 (6.03 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 211
 • Density 14/km2 (35/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 16128 /16490
Elevation 144–194 m (472–636 ft)
(avg. 192 m or 630 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.

Épenède is a commune in the Charente department in southwestern France.

Épenède, of which the Latin spina would mean thorn shrub, is bordered to the north by the department of Vienne and to the southwest by the valley of the River Transon. The village is situated on the dividing line of the waters of the Charente and the Vienne. The parish of Épenède was a dependant of the vast domains of the Benedictine abbey at nearby Charroux and in the diocese of Poitiers.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 584 —    
1800 510 −12.7%
1806 460 −9.8%
1821 620 +34.8%
1831 526 −15.2%
1841 507 −3.6%
1846 543 +7.1%
1851 586 +7.9%
1856 541 −7.7%
1861 504 −6.8%
1866 516 +2.4%
1872 473 −8.3%
1876 483 +2.1%
1881 512 +6.0%
1886 535 +4.5%
1891 554 +3.6%
1896 500 −9.7%
1901 468 −6.4%
1906 465 −0.6%
1911 487 +4.7%
1921 447 −8.2%
1926 419 −6.3%
1931 427 +1.9%
1936 425 −0.5%
1946 355 −16.5%
1954 350 −1.4%
1962 311 −11.1%
1968 323 +3.9%
1975 269 −16.7%
1982 256 −4.8%
1990 242 −5.5%
1999 208 −14.0%
2008 211 +1.4%

Sights[edit]

The Holy Church of St. Hilaire is 12th century and is of Limousin style (except the steeple bell tower which is more recent). This structure was burned at the time of the Wars of Religion. The capitals of the four spans of the nave are ancient, and one of them represents a monster holding in its claws a human head that it is about to devour. Many water sources or fountains "miraculous" sprinkle the commune.

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