Annepont

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Annepont
Watermill
Watermill
Location of Annepont
Annepont is located in France
Annepont
Annepont
Annepont is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Annepont
Annepont
Coordinates: 45°50′38″N 0°36′49″W / 45.844°N 0.6136°W / 45.844; -0.6136Coordinates: 45°50′38″N 0°36′49″W / 45.844°N 0.6136°W / 45.844; -0.6136
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
ArrondissementSaint-Jean-d'Angély
CantonSaint-Jean-d'Angély
IntercommunalityVals de Saintonge Communauté
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Francis Boizumault
Area
1
8.81 km2 (3.40 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
377
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
17011 /17350
Elevation3–62 m (9.8–203.4 ft)
(avg. 14 m or 46 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Annepont is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Annepontois or Annepontoises[2]

Geography[edit]

Annepont is located some 15 km south-west of Saint-Jean-d'Angely and 13 km north of Saintes. The A10 autoroute (E5) passes through the west of the commune but has no exit in or near the commune. Access to the commune is by the D127 from Taillebourg to the south-west passing through the village and continuing north to Mazeray. The D230 road also goes east from the village to Juico. The D231 also passes through the south of the commune forming part of the southern border and continues to Écoyeux to the south-east. The commune has extensive forests in the east covering some 40% of the land area with the rest of the commune farmland.

The Ruisseau de la Blanchardiere rises in the east of the commune and flows west joining with numerous other streams.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]

Toponymy[edit]

Toponymists do not mention an old form for this place name so that the etymology of Annepont remains hypothetical. Albert Dauzat saw a compound of the elements Anna, a Germanic personal name, followed by the Gallo-Roman Ponte (from the Latin pons) meaning "bridge".[4]

Ernest Nègre agreed on the nature of the second element -pont but interpreted the first in a radically different way: it is possibly the local term asne meaning "humpbacked" - i.e. "humpbacked bridge".[5]

N.B.: There is a Germanic personal name Anna which is unrelated to the Hebrew personal name Hanna(h) (giving Anna then Anne). This anthroponym is an hypocoristic Germanic anthroponym beginning with the element Arn-. The final a rather indicates a Saxon origin. This hypothesis is supported by the existence of a number of place names in the region (notably in -ville) so the first element could be a Saxon anthroponym. In addition, archaeological excavations confirm the presence of Saxons in the region. This far south a compound structure is expected rather than the Romanesque *Pontanne but Annepont is more reminiscent of a toponymic type of northern France marked by Germanic influence and made from a Germanic anthroponym as for Radepont, Senarpont, Hubertpont, Carlepont, etc. The solution advocated by Ernest Nègre, if possible phonetically, is even more hypothetical inasmuch as an ancient form of the type *Asnepont is required.[original research?]

Administration[edit]

List of Successive Mayors[6]

From To Name Party Position
2001 Current Francis Boizumault DVD

(Not all data is known)

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2004264—    
2006276+4.5%
2007292+5.8%
2008308+5.5%
2009324+5.2%
2010340+4.9%
2011356+4.7%
2012357+0.3%
2013358+0.3%
2014359+0.3%
2015365+1.7%
2016369+1.1%
The War Memorial

Distribution of Age Groups[edit]

The population of the commune is relatively old. The proportion of persons above the age of 60 years (26.2%) is higher than the national rate (21.6%) while being less than the departmental rate (28.1%). Like the national and departmental allocations, the female population of the commune is higher than the male population. The rate (50.9%) is of the same order of magnitude as the national rate (51.6%).

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Annepont and Charente-Maritime Department in 2009

Anneport Anneport Charente-M Charente-M
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 20.1 15.2 17.2 15.1
15 to 29 Years 12.6 17.6 16.5 14.4
30 to 44 Years 21.4 18.8 18.7 17.9
45 to 59 Years 20.8 21.2 21.0 20.8
60 to 74 Years 10.7 15.8 17.2 17.8
75 to 89 Years 13.2 10.3 9.0 12.4
90 Years+ 1.3 1.2 0.5 1.5

Sources:

Culture and heritage[edit]

Logis of Maine-Moreau.

Civil heritage[edit]

  • The Logis of Maine-Moreau (17th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg, located in the Annepont countryside, is registered as an historical monument.[7]

Religious heritage[edit]

Church of Saint-André at Annepont.
  • The Church of Saint-André (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[8] The Romanesque church is located on a promontory and distinguished by a gate without a tympanum surrounded by Corinthian capitals and its ornamented chevet beautifully executed. Old houses surrounding the building give a special character to the whole.

Transport[edit]

Railway Stations and Halts[edit]

Airport and aerodrome[edit]

  • Rochefort-St-Agnant 28.9 km
  • Cognac 31 km
  • Royan-Medis Aerodrome 36.6 km

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Inhabitants of Charente-Maritime ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ DNLF 20b.
  5. ^ Ernest Nègre, General Toponymy of France Read online ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  6. ^ List of Mayors of France
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00104593 Logis of Maine-Moreau ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00104592 Church of Saint-André ‹See Tfd›(in French)Camera aabb.svg