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The School
The School
Coat of arms of Aubigny-les-Pothées
Coat of arms
Location of Aubigny-les-Pothées
Aubigny-les-Pothées is located in France
Aubigny-les-Pothées is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°46′37″N 4°26′12″E / 49.7769°N 4.4367°E / 49.7769; 4.4367Coordinates: 49°46′37″N 4°26′12″E / 49.7769°N 4.4367°E / 49.7769; 4.4367
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityCC Ardennes Thiérache
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Alain Malherbe
10.42 km2 (4.02 sq mi)
 • Density31/km2 (81/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08026 /08150
Elevation177–294 m (581–965 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Aubigny-les-Pothées is a commune in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of northern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Aubignois or Aubignoises.[2]


Entrance to the village

Aubigny-les-Pothées is located some 25 km west of Charleville-Mézières and 13 km north of Signy-l'Abbaye. Access to the commune is by road D978 from Logny-Bogny in the west which passes through the commune and the village and continues east to Rouvroy-sur-Audry. The D985 branches off the D978 at the eastern border of the commune and goes south to Signy-l'Abbaye. The minor D20 road goes north from the village to Auvillers-les-Forges. A railway line passes through the commune from east to west but there is no station in the commune. The nearest station is at Liart to the west. The commune is mixed forest and farmland.[3]

The Audry river flows through the commune and the village from west to east and continues east to join the Sormonne south of Sormonne.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


The Church used as a hospital in the First World War

Two Merovingian cemeteries have been identified in the commune: one at a place called Bocmont, the other at a place called Croix-Ancelet. The bodies showed the characteristic positioning of arms along the body and legs separated which predominated in the region in the 6th and 7th centuries.[4]

In the 13th century the village was the main town in les Potées ecclesiastical domain which was a possession of the chapter of Reims.[5] The letter h in Pothées was introduced later. Aubigny was the main town of this possession.

In 1436 people from Liège burned the Chateau of Aubigny.[6]

In the early days of the First World War in 1914, the village church was a very basic hospital. Straw scattered on the ground served as a bed for the wounded.


Arms of Aubigny-les-Pothées

Azure, a cross of Argent cantoned with four fleurs-de-lis of Or.


The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
1883 Nicolas Armand Lecerre
1953 Claude Béroard
2001 2020 Alain Malherbe

(Not all data is known)

Aubigny-les-Pothées has adhered to the charter of the Regional Natural Park of the Ardennes since its creation in December 2011.


In 2010 the commune had 349 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
345 417 378 364 417 380 347 379 401
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 414 419 425 401 402 400 373
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
382 411 418 358 380 362 385 304 350
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
375 410 392 360 319 319 324 349 -

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

Population of Aubigny-les-Pothées

Sites and monuments[edit]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Edouard Piette (1827-1906) Archaeologist and pre-historian, born in Aubigny-les-Pothées

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 Ardennes ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  3. ^ a b c Google Maps
  4. ^ Patrick Perin, Historic Review of Ardennes, No. 5, 1971, pp. 22-25 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  5. ^ Octave Guelliot, Traditional and Popular geography of Ardennes, Librairie Emile Nourry, 1931 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  6. ^ M. Badin, Classical and Administrative departmental geography of France, Department of Ardennes, 1848, p.163 ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  7. ^ List of Mayors of France ‹See Tfd›(in French)