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St Martin's church
St Martin's church
Épineuil-le-Fleuriel is located in France
Coordinates: 46°33′35″N 2°35′04″E / 46.5597°N 2.5844°E / 46.5597; 2.5844Coordinates: 46°33′35″N 2°35′04″E / 46.5597°N 2.5844°E / 46.5597; 2.5844
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Cher
Arrondissement Saint-Amand-Montrond
Canton Châteaumeillant
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Phillipe Amizet
Area1 41.6 km2 (16.1 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 459
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 18089 /18360
Elevation 163–260 m (535–853 ft)
(avg. 183 m or 600 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.

Épineuil-le-Fleuriel is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region of France.


An area of lakes, streams and farming consisting of the village and several hamlets situated by the banks of both the river Cher and the canal de Berry, some 37 miles (60 km) south of Bourges at the junction of the D4, D64 and the D97 roads. The A71 autoroute runs through the western part of the territory of the commune and it shares a border with the department of Allier.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 633 —    
1968 681 +7.6%
1975 578 −15.1%
1982 551 −4.7%
1990 478 −13.2%
1999 414 −13.4%
2008 456 +10.1%


  • St Martin's church, dating from the twelfth century.
  • The eighteenth-century chateau of Cornançay.
  • The nineteenth-century school and museum of writer Alain-Fournier.
  • A feudal motte with a moat.
  • Traces of another medieval castle.
  • The chateau of Fougerolles.
  • Old tile works at la Bouchatte.
  • A washhouse at Cornançay.


  • Alain-Fournier, writer, spent his childhood here, where his parents taught at the school. The setting of his novel, Le Grand Meaulnes, is based on the area around the village.

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