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War memorial
Balnot-sur-Laignes is located in France
Coordinates: 48°01′58″N 4°21′57″E / 48.0328°N 4.3658°E / 48.0328; 4.3658Coordinates: 48°01′58″N 4°21′57″E / 48.0328°N 4.3658°E / 48.0328; 4.3658
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Aube
Arrondissement Troyes
Canton Les Riceys
Intercommunality Région des Riceys
 • Mayor (2001–2020) Éric Fournier
Area1 10.13 km2 (3.91 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 159
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 10029 /10110

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.

Balnot-sur-Laignes is a French commune in the Aube department in the Grand Est region of north-central France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Balnotiers or Balnotières.[1]

The commune has been awarded one flower by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.[2]


Balnot-sur-Laignes is located some 35 km south-east of Troyes and 10 km south of Bar-sur-Seine. Access to the commune is by the D452 road from Polisy in the north which passes down the eastern side of the commune just east of the village and continues south to Les Riceys. The D26 comes from Neuville-sur-Seine in the east and passes through the village continuing south-west to Bagneux-la-Fosse. The D184 from Avirey-Lingey passes through the western arm of the commune going north-west to join the D36. The commune is farmland in the east and west with a belt of dense forest through the centre.[3]

The Laignes river forms the eastern border of the commune as it flows north to join the Seine at Polisy.

Neighbouring communes and villages[edit]


During the French revolution the commune, which had been called Balnot-le-Châtel, changed its name to Balnot-sur-Laignes.[4]


List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
1857 Morel
1887 Jean Baptiste Claude Edouard Tetevide
2001 2020 Éric Fournier

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 159 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]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
636 595 550 588 350 518 530 328 501
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
473 457 437 420 400 389 379 359 348
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
371 314 286 240 266 218 207 202 164
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
162 172 153 149 158 175 166 159 -

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

Population of Balnot-sur-Laignes

Sites and monuments[edit]

A War Memorial for French Pacifists with the inscription "Maudite soit la guerre" (Cursed be war).

The Parish Church contains many items that are registered as historical monuments:

  • A Painting: the three Mary (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[6]
  • 2 banks of Pews (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[7]
  • A Sculpture (1629)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[8]
  • A Painting: The Annunciation (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[9]
  • A Retable (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[10]
  • A Stall (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[11]
  • A Baptismal font (19th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[12]
  • 2 Door Panels (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[13]
  • A Sculpture: Christ on the Cross (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[14]
  • A Tombstone for Pierre-Louis Bourgeois (1771)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[15]
  • The main Altar and Retable (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[16]
  • Statues (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[17]
  • A Group Sculpture: Education of the Virgin (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[18]
  • A Group Sculpture: Education of the Virgin (16th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[19]
  • The Furniture in the ChurchLogo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[20]

See also[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, 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. ^ Inhabitants of Aube (French)
  2. ^ Balnot-sur-Laignes in the Competition for Towns and Villages in Bloom Archived December 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (French)
  3. ^ Google Maps
  4. ^ Communal Notice - Balnot-sur-Laignes, Cassini website (French)
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France (French)
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003736 Painting: the three Mary (French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003735 2 banks of Pews (French)Camera aabb.svg
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003734 Sculpture (French)Camera aabb.svg
  9. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003733 Painting: The Annunciation (French)Camera aabb.svg
  10. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003732 Retable (French)Camera aabb.svg
  11. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003731 Stall (French)Camera aabb.svg
  12. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003730 Baptismal font (French)Camera aabb.svg
  13. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003729 2 Door Panels (French)Camera aabb.svg
  14. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003389 Sculpture: Christ on the Cross (French)
  15. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003388 Tombstone for Pierre-Louis Bourgeois (French)Camera aabb.svg
  16. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003387 Main Altar and Retable (French)Camera aabb.svg
  17. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003386 Virgin and child IM10003385 Saint Catherine (disappeared) IM10003384 Saint John the Baptist IM10003383 Saint Roch IM10003380 Saint Reine IM10003379 Saint Savinien (French)Camera aabb.svg
  18. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003382 Group Sculpture: Education of the Virgin (French)Camera aabb.svg
  19. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003381 Group Sculpture: Education of the Virgin (French)Camera aabb.svg
  20. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM10003774 Furniture in the Church (French)

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