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Coat of arms of Antheny
Coat of arms
Location of Antheny
Antheny is located in France
Antheny is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°50′57″N 4°18′48″E / 49.8492°N 4.3133°E / 49.8492; 4.3133Coordinates: 49°50′57″N 4°18′48″E / 49.8492°N 4.3133°E / 49.8492; 4.3133
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityArdennes Thiérache
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean-Pol Pinteaux
10.14 km2 (3.92 sq mi)
 • Density11/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08015 /08260
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Antheny is a commune in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of northern France.

The commune has been awarded one flower by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.[2]


Antheny is located some 40 km west by north-west of Charleville-Mézières and some 20 km east of Hirson. Access is by the D34 road from Tarzy in the north-west continuing through the village to Prez in the south-east. There is also the D31 road from Auvillers-les-Forges in the north-east also passing through the village and continuing south-west to Bossus-les-Rumigny. There is also the hamlet of Fontenelle south-west of the village on the D31. The rest of the commune is entirely farmland.

The Orvaux and the Ruisseau de Saint Remy flow from the north-east to the south-west joining near the village to form the Ton river which flows westwards to join the Oise near Étréaupont

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]


A statistic dated 1844 and written by Abbot Geoffrey, then the pastor of the town, said that the origin of the village was the result of an emigrant family from Italy. This family faced a major upheaval in their country (in the time of Charles Martel) and came to France to acquire a territory which covered the present communes of Antheny and Auge. They built a Motte-and-bailey castle in the current Antheny commune. They took as a surname: de la Motte d'Antheny. The last male descendant of this illustrious family died in L'Île-Bouchard on 21 October 1901 at the age of 3 years. Other branches of this family were born with the surnames d'Antheny and Dantheny.

The village was burned and looted many times: on 27 September 1521 by the Duke of Nassau who had been forced to raise the Siege of Mézières, again in 1638, then in 1643, and finally in 1653 by Spanish troops.

Antheny village also has a nearby hamlet of Fontenelle. The fortified house at Fontenelle was destroyed in 1559 by the men of the Count of Saint-Pol. Today there is an attractive Renaissance castle.

The church at Antheny is dedicated to Saint Remy who was Bishop of Reims and who baptized Clovis I. He possessed the territory of Pothées (near Antheny).

The early church dates from 1198 but very little remains: some Romanesque arches in the north wall. It has had several fires. The current building is the result of the restoration carried out in 1689.

The village still has some fortified farmhouses dating from the end of the 17th century.


Arms of Antheny

Gules, two swords Argent saltirewise cantoned in chief and base with two roundels of Or; in chief the same charged with a fleur de lis in Vert flanked by two trefoils the same..[3]


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2008 Jean-Pol Pinteaux
2008 2014 Alain Joris
2014 2020 Jean-Pol Pinteaux

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 100 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes 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
249 209 251 301 311 337 366 357 337
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 347 347 331 321 324 292 302
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
274 281 238 233 222 215 241 198 172
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
186 160 130 107 101 108 - 100 -

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

Population of Antheny

Sites and Monuments[edit]

A Cemetery Cross (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[5]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

Commandant Louis François Louis Melin was born in Antheny on 8 December 1810. He was the commandant of the Place de Rocroi in 1870. His son Léonce was wounded before Belfort in 1870 and died in the ambulance. He belonged to the 14th Battalion of chasseurs.

See also[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 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Antheny in the Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom Archived December 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ Banque du Blason Archived January 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078331 Cemetery Cross ‹See Tfd›(in French)

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