|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Daniel Avoine|
|• Land1||7.07 km2 (2.73 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||33/km2 (86/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||14019 / 14400|
|Elevation||33–81 m (108–266 ft)
(avg. 40 m or 130 ft)
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 inhabitants of the commune are known as Arganchois or Arganchoises 
Arganchy is located in the area of Bessin in the valley of the Gourguichon Stream some 6.5 km south-west of Bayeux and 7 km north-east of Castillon. Access to the commune is by the D192 road from Subles in the west passing through the commune north of the village and continuing east to join National Highway N13 east of Monceaux-en-Bessin. The village is reached by the country road L'Eglise running off the D192. The D572 highway runs through the north-western corner of the commune with an exit onto the D192 at Subles. Apart from the village there are also the hamlets of La Mauvielle, Saint-Amator, La Petite Flague, and Les Feffes in the commune. The commune is entirely farmland.
The name Arganchy appears as Archenceium in 1198.
In 1829 Arganchy (with 285 inhabitants in 1821) absorbed Saint-Amator (with 52 inhabitants) east of its territory.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
The council is composed of eleven members including the mayor and two deputy mayors.
In 2009 the commune had 234 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]
At a place called La Grande Abbaye there is a natural camping ground.
Sites and Monuments
- The parish church of Saint-Radegund from the 17th century. It houses a Retable from the late 17th century, a tabernacle from the 18th century, and an Altar/Tabernacle/Retable from the 18th century all listed as historical monuments.
- The Lavoir (Public laundry): a concert venue (for the choir).
- La Forte Main, north of Saint-Amator, where counterfeit coins were once made.
Notes and references
- 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.
- Inhabitants of Calvados (French)
- Google Maps
- Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, Etymylogical Dictionary of place names in France, Larousse, Paris, 1963 (French)
- René Lepelley, Etymological Dictionary of commune names in Normandy, Éditions Charles Corlet, Condé-sur-Noireau, 1996, ISBN 2-95480-455-4, p. 50 (French)
- Communal Notices - Arganchy, and Saint-Amator pages consulted on 10 October 2009 (French).
- List of Mayors of France (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM14000010 Retable (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM14000088 Tabernacle (French)
- French Ministry of Culture Notice PM14000009 Altar/Tabernacle/Retable (French)
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