Amfreville, Calvados

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Amfreville
The Square and Saint Martin church
The Square and Saint Martin church
Coat of arms of Amfreville
Coat of arms
Location of Amfreville
Amfreville is located in France
Amfreville
Amfreville
Amfreville is located in Normandy
Amfreville
Amfreville
Coordinates: 49°14′54″N 0°14′06″W / 49.2483°N 0.235°W / 49.2483; -0.235Coordinates: 49°14′54″N 0°14′06″W / 49.2483°N 0.235°W / 49.2483; -0.235
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementLisieux
CantonCabourg
IntercommunalityNormandie-Cabourg-Pays d'Auge
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Xavier Madelaine
Area
1
6.06 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
1,437
 • Density240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14009 /14860
Elevation0–57 m (0–187 ft)
(avg. 50 m or 160 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Amfreville is a French commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region of north-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Amfrevillais or Amfrevillaises[2]

Geography[edit]

Amfreville is located some 25 km north-west of Caen and 1 km south-east of Ouistreham mostly on the right bank of the Orne with a small portion on the left bank. It can be accessed by the D514 from Sallenelles in the north passing through the west of the commune then continuing south then west to Bénouville. Access to the village is by the D37B from Breville-les-Monts in the south-east and continuing through the village north to Sallenelles. There is also the D236 going east from the village to Bavent. There are several hamlets apart from the village: Hameau Oger and Hameau La Rue form a continuous urban area with the main village and the hamlets of La Basse Ecarde and La Haute Ecarde are to the west. The rest of the commune and the entire left bank of the Orne portion are farmland.[3]

The Orne river separates the two parts of the commune with no direct access across the river - the nearest crossing is on the D514 to the south of the commune. A stream forms the northern border of the commune flowing into the Orne.[3]

History[edit]

Commandos and 9th Battalion in Amfreville, June 1944

Amfreville is located close to Omaha Beach on the Normandy coast, which is one of the beaches where the Allies executed their Normandy landings. It is also close to the important medieval naval city of Cherbourg, which figured in the Allied landings. Amfreville is considered to have been officially "liberated" from the German occupation of World War II on 6 June 1944.

Amfreville is understood to be the ancestral home of the Umfraville family of Anglo-Norman nobles who occupied England under William the Conqueror and his successors, and went on to become British nobility under the titles the Barons of Prudhoe and the Lords of Redesdale, and later also gained Scottish lands and the title Earl of Angus.

Images of these historical associations with the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Normandy Landings of 1944 are incorporated in the town's heraldry.

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Amfreville
Blazon:

Party per pale, first Azure a soldier of Or suspended from a parachute argent all surmounted by a dove the same, in chief gules charged with two lions passant guardant one over the other; second of Vert with a garb of Or, in chief Azure with two fesse wavy in argent debruised by a barque contourned of Gules sailed the same.



Administration[edit]

The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1989 Current Xavier Madelaine PS SNCF Officer

(Not all data is known)

Twinning[edit]

Amfreville has twinning associations with:[5]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20041,172—    
20061,187+1.3%
20071,188+0.1%
20081,188+0.0%
20091,188+0.0%
20101,185−0.3%
20111,222+3.1%
20121,276+4.4%
20131,329+4.2%
20141,383+4.1%
20151,414+2.2%
20161,420+0.4%

Sites and monuments[edit]

The right bank of the Orne
  • Le Plain is a place with a tree plantation, a church, and horses. It is registered as a site of ecological interest for flora and fauna.

See also[edit]

Bibliogrtaphy[edit]

  • Amfréville en Baie de l’Orne, Gillonne and Rémi Desquesnes, 2001 (in French)

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Calvados (in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France
  5. ^ National Commission for Decentralised cooperation (in French)