Gardens at the Chateau of Carbonat
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Michel Roussy|
|Area1||47.67 km2 (18.41 sq mi)|
|• Density||130/km2 (330/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||15012 / 15130|
|Elevation||566–844 m (1,857–2,769 ft)
(avg. 600 m or 2,000 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 Arpajonnais or Arpajonnaises
Arpajon-sur-Cère is located immediately to the south of Aurillac some 70 km south-east of Brive-la-Gaillarde. The town is an extension of the urban area of Aurillac. Access to the commune is by the D920 from Aurillac which continues south to Lafeuillade-en-Vézie. The D990 also goes from south of the town to Vézac in the east. The D58 comes from Giou-de-Mamou in the north-east then goes south-west from the town to the Château de Conros and joins the D617 at the south-western border of the commune. Much of the runway of Aurillac – Tronquières Airport is in the commune. A railway passes through the north of the commune but the nearest station is in Aurillac. Apart from the town there are the villages and hamlets of:
- Le Pont
- Le Bousquet
- Le Cambon
- Le Sal
- Les Granges
- Les Quatre Routes
Outside the residential areas there are extensive forests in the south and south-west with the rest of the commune farmland.
The name Arpjon originates from the Gallic word Arpaionem which is composed of the word arepo meaning "plough". It was attested in 923 in the form: vicaria arpajonensis. In Carladézien dialect, Arpajon is pronounced Olpotsou, according to a recording there in 2007.
The Dejou Féniès & son and Lartigue companies were established in the commune in the 20th century manufacturing wood especially Jouets Dejou (Dejou Toys) which are highly sought after by Doll collectors.
Azure, a bend of Or, between 6 escallops set in orle.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2009 the commune had 6,009 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
The commune has several sites and buildings that are registered as historical monuments:
- The Birthplace of Général Milhaud at 1 Avenue du Général-Milhaud (1753)
- The old Pont-de-Mamou Mill on Rue Jean-Jaurès (1772)
- The Château de Conros (15th century)
- The Château de Conros Park
- The Château de Carbonat Park
- The Château de Limagne Garden
- Other sites of interest
- Barrière hamlet where Louis Laparra de Fieux was born.
- The Cabrières bridge, a hamlet and a bridge which once had a toll.
- The Chateau de Ganhac currently a mansion house, a former fief awarded in 1676 to Charles de Broquin who was married to Jeanne de Cambefort.
- The Château de Montal, a former fief whose family was originally the Lords of Laroquebrou and Conros, with a castrale chapel under the invocation of Saint Michael. It then became the property of the La Roque-Montal family.
- The Chateau de La Prade, purchased in 1756 by Marie-Françoise de Broglie, the widow of Charles Robert de Lignerac who did considerable work on the building. Ruined in the French Revolution.
- The Arboretum d'Arpajon-sur-Cère
- The Parish Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
- The Chateau de Carbonat Picture Gallery
- Louis Laparra de Fieux (Arpajon 1651-1706), engineer of fortifications and strategist.
- Édouard Jean Baptiste Milhaud (Arpajon 1766 - Aurillac 1833), member of the National Convention, General, Count of the Empire.
- Eugene d'Humières, man of letters, translator of Kipling.
- Louis Dauzier, politician and mayor of Aurillac under the French Third Republic.
- Antoine Dusserre (Carbonnat 1865-1925), novelist.
- Léo Pons, filmmaker.
- 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 on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
- Inhabitants of Cantal (French)
- Google Maps
- Albert Dauzat
- List of Mayors of France (French)
- National Commission for Decentralised cooperation (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093445 Birthplace of Général Milhaud (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093446 Pont-de-Mamou Mill (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00093444 Château de Conros (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000309 Château de Conros Park (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000367 Château de Carbonat Park (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA15000297 Château de Limagne Park (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000060 Bronze Bell PM15000059 Bronze Bell (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000058 Painting: The Placing in the Tomb (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000770 Painting: Framed Painting: The Baptism of Christ (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM15000552 Sarcophagus (French)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Arpajon-sur-Cère.|
- Discovery of an early Christian sarcophagus and medieval sepulchres in sarcophagi at Arpajon-sur-Cère (French)
- Arpajon-sur-Cère on the National Geographic Institute website (French)
- Arpajon-sur-Cère on Lion1906
- Arpajon on the 1750 Cassini Map
- Arpajon-sur-Cère on the INSEE website (French)
- INSEE (French)