Ally, Cantal

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Château of La Vigne
Château of La Vigne
Ally is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Ally is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°10′30″N 2°18′57″E / 45.175°N 2.3158°E / 45.175; 2.3158Coordinates: 45°10′30″N 2°18′57″E / 45.175°N 2.3158°E / 45.175; 2.3158
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Cantal
Arrondissement Mauriac
Canton Mauriac
Intercommunality Pays de Salers
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Yves Bony
Area1 23.11 km2 (8.92 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 623
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 15003 /15700
Elevation 471–810 m (1,545–2,657 ft)
(avg. 720 m or 2,360 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.

Ally is a commune in the Cantal department in the Auvergne region of south-central France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Allyçois or Allyçoises[1]


Ally is located some 60 km south-west of Clermont-Ferrand and some 65 km south-east of Limoges in a straight line. It is at least 30 km from the nearest national highway and access is by district roads the most direct being the D680 which runs north-east from Pleaux and enters the western border of the commune. It goes directly to the town then turns to exit the commune south-east to join with the road D922. The D681 also comes south from Mauriac to the village and the D29 comes from Drugeac in the west by a circuitous route to the village. The commune is mostly farmland although with some mountain slopes and forests in the north.[2]

The Auze river flows north forming the eastern and then the northern border of the commune before flowing into the Dordogne river south-west of Chalvignac. A number of streams feed this river from the commune including the Ruisseau de Peschaytou, Ruisseau de Terrieu, and Le Sione which forms part of the south-eastern border.[2]

There are quite a number of hamlets and villages in the commune. These are:

  • Champell
  • Chavergne
  • Crucholles
  • Drignac
  • Fraissy
  • Ginalhac
  • Labro
  • Langlade
  • Le Breuil
  • Les Martres
  • Le Peuch
  • Le Pouget
  • Le Puy Soutro
  • Maissac
  • Monteil
  • Nebouillieres
  • Pommier
  • Tarneu
  • Veze

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors of Ally[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Jean-Yves Bony RPR then UMP MP for Cantal's 2nd constituency General Counsel

(Not all data is known)


In 2010, the commune had 658 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
1,159 971 1,270 1,377 1,190 1,233 1,131 1,347 1,285
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,187 1,324 1,262 1,172 1,131 1,166 1,216 1,200 1,204
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,205 1,207 1,206 1,108 1,095 1,058 1,040 998 880
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2008 -
889 814 1,008 861 698 700 671 663 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Ally

Culture and heritage[edit]

Civil heritage[edit]

The commune has a number of buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Chateau de la Vigne (15th century).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[4] The Chateau contains two items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Mural: Diane bathing (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[5]
    • A Mural: Atalante and Méléagre (17th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[6]
  • The Chateau de la Vigne ParkLogo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[7]
  • The Maison Blanche Windmill (1882)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[8]
  • The Pargeat Windmill (1817)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]

Religious heritage[edit]

The commune has several religious buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Church of Saint-Ferréol (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10] was attended by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. The church contains a Container for relics: the Martyr Saint VincentLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[11]
  • The Church of Saint-Thibaud (11th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]

Notable People linked to the commune[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1] Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Cantal (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093433 Chateau de la Vigne (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000757 Mural: Diane bathing (in French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000756 Mural: Atalante and Méléagre (in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000287 Chateau de la Vigne Park (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00092575 Maison Blanche Windmill (in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00092576 Pargeat Windmill (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093435 Church of Saint-Ferréol (in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000041 Container for relics: the Martyr Saint Vincent (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093434 Church of Saint-Thibaud (in French)Camera aabb.svg