the Church of Notre-Dame
|• Mayor (2008–2020)||Didier Marby|
|Area1||13.19 km2 (5.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||35/km2 (91/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||08039 / 08190|
|Elevation||57–130 m (187–427 ft)
(avg. 60 m or 200 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 Avalois or Avaloises.
The commune has been awarded two flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.
Avaux is located some 22 km west by south-west of Rethel and 38 km south-east of Laon. Access to the commune is by the D523 from Évergnicourt in the south-west which changes to the D137 at the border then continues to the village and north-east to join the D18 south-west of Saint-Germainmont. The D966 forms the western border of the commune as it goes south from Lor to Evergnicourt. Apart from thin strips of forest along the eastern and southern borders the commune is entirely farmland.
The Canal latéral à l'Aisne forms the southern border of the commune and the Aisne river forms the eastern border then runs through the south of the commune parallel to the canal as it flows west to eventually join the Seine at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
Neighbouring communes and villages
|The official status of the blazon remains to be determined.
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2010 the commune had 464 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Sites and monuments
Avaux was once called Asfeld-le-Château as it was the seat of a fortified house of the Counts of Avaux. The chateau has disappeared.
The Church of Notre-Dame contains a Painting: the Nativity of the Virgin (18th century), which is registered as an historical object.
- Claude de Mesmes, Count of Avaux (1595-1650), diplomat and man of letters.
- Jean-Jacques de Mesmes, Count of Avaux: best known for developing the town of Asfeld.
- Yves Gibeau, his family came from Avaux and he lived in the commune during part of his youth.
- 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 Ardennes (French)
- Avaux in the Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom (French)
- Google Maps
- List of Mayors of France (French)
- Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM08000040 Painting: the Nativity of the Virgin (French)
- Yannick Hureaux evoking his friend Yves Gibeau in a conference at Avaux on 22 May 2009 Article on 4 June 2009 extracted from l'Union magazine (French)
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