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The Chapel of Saint Clair
The Chapel of Saint Clair
Location of Banneville-sur-Ajon
Banneville-sur-Ajon is located in France
Banneville-sur-Ajon is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°03′49″N 0°34′07″W / 49.0636°N 0.5686°W / 49.0636; -0.5686Coordinates: 49°03′49″N 0°34′07″W / 49.0636°N 0.5686°W / 49.0636; -0.5686
5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi)
 • Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
Elevation84–184 m (276–604 ft)
(avg. 141 m or 463 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Banneville-sur-Ajon is a former commune in the Calvados department in the Normandy region of north-western France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Malherbe-sur-Ajon.[2]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bannevillais or Bannevillaises.[3]


Banneville-sur-Ajon is located some 20 km south-west of Caen and 7 km south-east of Villers-Bocage. Access to the commune is by the D121A from Saint-Agnan-le-Malherbe in the south which passes through the centre of the commune and the village and continues north to join the D8. The D171 from Landes-sur-Ajon to Préaux-Bocage passes through the north-east of the commune. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of La Fêterie in the south and Gournay in the north. The commune is almost all farmland.[4]

The Ajon river flows through the commune from south-east to north-west continuing to join the Odon south-west of Le Locheur. The Orgeuil river rises in the south of the commune and flows north-east through the length of the commune to join the Ajon. The Ruisseau de la Rette flows from the south to join the Orgeuil.[4]


Banneville-sur-Ajon was Barneville sur Ajon in 1371.[5] René Lepelley attributed the origin of the name to the Germanic anthroponym Benno[6] with the Old French suffix -ville meaning "rural domain".


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
1995 2001 Jacques Vahe
2001 2014 Annick Viel-Schneider
2014 2020 Marcel Pétré

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 379 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
508 530 524 475 441 458 439 414 412
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
406 380 375 362 354 362 347 331 314
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
315 290 273 255 259 243 265 233 243
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
216 211 224 346 360 389 393 379 -

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

Population of Banneville-sur-Ajon

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Church of Saint-Melaine
  • The Chapel of Saint-Clair (13th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[8] The church is built on a simple rectangular plan. On the tympanum of the south portal there is a figure in bas-relief of Saint Samson on his throne, and inside is a statue of Saint Clair.
  • The Church of Saint-Melaine is in neo-Gothic style from the late 19th century.
  • A replica of the grotto of Lourdes was built at a place called Le Village at the end of the Second World War.

Chapel Picture Gallery[edit]

See also[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. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 9 December 2015 (in French)
  3. ^ Inhabitants of Calvados (in French)
  4. ^ a b c Google Maps
  5. ^ Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, Etymological Dictionary of place names in France, Larousse, Paris, 1963 (in French)
  6. ^ René Lepelley, Etymological Dictionary of names of communes in Normandy, Éditions Charles Corlet, Condé-sur-Noireau, 1996, BnF 36174448w, p. 58 (in French)
  7. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  8. ^ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00111031 Chapel of Saint-Clair (in French)

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