|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Jean-Pol Pinteaux|
|Area1||10.14 km2 (3.92 sq mi)|
|• Density||9.9/km2 (26/sq mi)|
|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.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
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.
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.
Neighbouring communes and villages
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.
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.
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..
List of Successive Mayors
(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]
Sites and Monuments
A Cemetery Cross (18th century) is registered as an historical monument.
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.
- At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, 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 in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Antheny in the Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom (French)
- Banque du Blason (French)
- List of Mayors of France
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00078331 Cemetery Cross (French)
- Antheny on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Antheny on Lion1906
- Antheny on the 1750 Cassini Map
- Antheny on the INSEE website (French)
- INSEE (French)
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