Aumale, formerly known as Albemarle, is a  commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in north-western France. It lies on the Bresle.
History [ edit ]
Latin name was Alba Maria. It was raised by William the Bastard into a county, which was held by the houses of Castile, Dammartin, Harcourt, and Lorraine. In 1547, it was raised to the status of a duchy for Francis of Lorraine. It passed to the house of Savoy, from whom Louis XIV purchased the title in 1675 in order to bestow it upon one of his bastards as an apanage. In 1769, it passed to the house of Orleans. The British  earls of Albemarle, meanwhile, also derive their name from the area. 
Geography [ edit ]
A village of
farming and associated light industry, situated in the valley of the Bresle River of the Norman Pays de Bray in Normandy on the border with Picardie. It is around 34 miles (55 km) southeast of Dieppe at the junction of the D 916, D 920, D 929 and D 49 roads. The A29 autoroute ( Saint-Quentin- Beuzeville) passes through the commune’s northern sector. SNCF, the French railway has a TER station here, on the Beauvais – Le Tréport- Mers line.
Heraldry [ edit ]
The arms of Aumale are
Argent, on a fess azure, 3 fleurs de lys Or.
Population [ edit ]
Historical population of Aumale
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.
Places of interest [ edit ]
The church of St.Pierre & St.Paul, dating from the sixteenth century.
The sixteenth-century Hôtel de ville (town hall).
A seventeenth-century Hospital.
The chapel of Notre-Dame du Cardonnoy, from the thirteenth century.
The seventeenth-century château du Bois Robin
The tower and buildings of the 16th-century abbey.
Twin towns [ edit ]
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References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Sculpted wood panels on the
Bresle Viaduct, 755m long, constructed during 2002-2004 to carry the A29 motorway