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The church and surroundings in Ardoix
The church and surroundings in Ardoix
Location of Ardoix
Ardoix is located in France
Ardoix is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°11′16″N 4°44′14″E / 45.1878°N 4.7372°E / 45.1878; 4.7372Coordinates: 45°11′16″N 4°44′14″E / 45.1878°N 4.7372°E / 45.1878; 4.7372
IntercommunalityAnnonay Rhône Agglo
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Sylvie Bonnet
12.15 km2 (4.69 sq mi)
 • Density100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
07013 /07290
Elevation147–397 m (482–1,302 ft)
(avg. 360 m or 1,180 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Ardoix (Ardoís in Occitan) is a commune in the Ardèche department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Ardoisiens or Ardoisiennes[2]


Adoix is located some 7 km west by north-west of Saint-Vallier and 14 km south-east of Annonay. Access to the commune is by the D221 road from Sarras in the east passing through the length of the commune and the village and continuing south-west to Saint-Romain-d'Ay. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Corme, Bruas, Thoue, and Chamas. The commune is a valley between two mountain ranges and apart from the slopes of the mountains is entirely farmland.[3]

The Cance river forms a large part of the northern border of the commune as it flows east to the Rhone river. Many small tributaries of the Cance rise in the commune including the Ruisseau de la Goueille which forms the north-western border. The Ay river forms the southern border of the commune and also flows east to the Rhone.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


In the gift of Quintenas made by Charlemagne to the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Claude on 23 August 776, the Church of Saint-Didier d'Ardoix was mentioned. Also dependant on Saint Claude were the Chapel of Oriol, Saint-Alban-d'Ay, Saint-Jeure-d'Ay, Saint-Romain-d'Ay, and the chapel of Our Lady of Ay. In 1557 Ardoix, as was Quintenas, were secularized and thereafter administered by the Diocese of Vienne.

The old land of Ardoix had its chateaux and towers. Oriol, Munat, Manoha, Léorat, and le Pestrin Manoha was a fortified house and farm in medieval times. It is still a rural area today. The tower of Oriol is all that remains of the medieval castle which overlooked the gorges of the Ay. During the Hundred Years War it was sacked by soldiers. Taking advantage of the wars of religion, a criminal from Vernoux, Erard, took it and restored it to make it his lair. Farmers, frustrated by his robberies destroyed the castle to dislodge the bandit (who was hanged at Lamastre).


List of Successive Mayors[4]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Michel Becheras
2008 2020 Sylvie Bonnet

(Not all data is known)


In 2009 the commune had 1,050 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
300 517 761 765 800 757 854 800 863
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
874 920 942 911 926 911 841 856 857
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
805 802 740 651 662 662 633 616 585
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
512 546 594 638 696 779 947 1,050 -

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

Population of Ardoix

Distribution of Age Groups[edit]

The population of the town is relatively young. The ratio of persons above the age of 60 years (15.9%) is lower than the national average (21.6%) and the departmental average (26.8%). Unlike national and departmental allocations, the male population of the town is greater than the female population (51.4% against 48.7% nationally and 49.1% at the departmental level).

Percentage Distribution of Age Groups in Ardoix and Ardèche Department in 2009

Ardoix Ardoix Ardèche Ardèche
Age Range Men Women Men Women
0 to 14 Years 25.3 25.1 18.7 16.9
15 to 29 Years 18.0 16.3 15.4 14.0
30 to 44 Years 24.2 25.1 19.9 18.9
45 to 59 Years 16.9 17.3 21.5 20.6
60 to 74 Years 11.7 9.9 16.1 16.4
75 to 89 Years 3.8 5.8 8.0 11.7
90 Years+ 0.0 0.4 0.4 1.5


Sites and Monuments[edit]

Calvary in the Ay Gorges between Sarras and Ardoix
  • The Tower of Oriol
  • The Chateau of Manoha
  • The Chateau of Muñás
  • The Oratory of Our Lady of Cormes
  • The Church contains many items which are registered as historical objects:
    • The Rostrum Balustrade (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[5]
    • A Baptismal font (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[6]
    • 2 Confessionals (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[7]
    • A Crucifix (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[8]
    • A Pulpit with supports (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[9]
    • A Stations of the Cross (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[10]
    • 4 Statues and Commemorative Plaques (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[11]
    • Decor of the Chapel of the VirginLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[12]
    • Decor of the Chapel of the Sacred HeartLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[13]

Ardoix Picture Gallery[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 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. ^ Inhabitants of Ardèche ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ List of Mayors of France
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000481 Rostrum Balustrade ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000480 Baptismal font ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000479 2 Confessionals ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000478 Crucifix ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000477 Pulpit with supports ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000476 Stations of the Cross ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000475 4 Statues and Commemorative Plaques ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000474 Decor of the Chapel of the Virgin ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM07000473 Decor of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart ‹See Tfd›(in French)