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The Village Centre
The Village Centre
Coat of arms of Banogne-Recouvrance
Coat of arms
Location of Banogne-Recouvrance
Banogne-Recouvrance is located in France
Banogne-Recouvrance is located in Grand Est
Coordinates: 49°34′23″N 4°07′42″E / 49.5731°N 4.1283°E / 49.5731; 4.1283Coordinates: 49°34′23″N 4°07′42″E / 49.5731°N 4.1283°E / 49.5731; 4.1283
RegionGrand Est
IntercommunalityPays rethélois
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jean-Luc Guillaume
19.01 km2 (7.34 sq mi)
 • Density8.5/km2 (22/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08046 /08220
Elevation80–162 m (262–531 ft)
(avg. 136 m or 446 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Banogne-Recouvrance is a French commune in the Ardennes department in the Grand Est region of northern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Banognais or Banognaises.[2]


The Hamlet of Recouvrance

Banogne-Recouvrance is located some 20 km north-west of Rethel and 33 km east of Laon. Access to the commune is by the D30 road from Saint-Quentin-le-Petit in the north-west which passes through the centre of the commune and the village and continues south-east to Condé-lès-Herpy. The D35 goes from the village to Le Thour in the south-west. The D135 goes north from the village to join the D2 north of the commune. Apart from the village at the centre of the commune there is the hamlet of Recouvrance to the east. The commune is entirely farmland.[3]

The writer Ernst Jünger remembered his passing through the village as a small village off the main roads, nestled in graceful chalk hills.[4]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


The village is mentioned in cartularies of the 13th century.

In 1570 Banogne is described in the census as attached to the Parish of Thour whose barons and the Hotel Dieu de Reims share the land. A strong ditch surrounded Recouvrance providing a refuge for the inhabitants. A place called Ruisselois was the property of the Abbey of Signy then of the Jesuit college in Reims. A white chalk quarry is operated nearby.

In 1822 these villages were united into one commune with Banogne at the centre (with Le Ruisselois as a hamlet). Recouvrance also became a hamlet.

In 1918 the village was the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of St. Quentin Canal in the last weeks of the war. On 25 October the French army captured the heights of the commune and so seized the last stretch between Saint-Quentin and the Aisne valley of the system of German fortifications from La Fère to Rethel called the Hunding Stellung. Of the 125 houses in the town only 10 remained standing at the end of the fighting. The village and the church were rebuilt in the following decade.


Arms of Banogne-Recouvrance

Party per pale Gules and Azure debruised by 3 blades of wheat of Or, in chief the same charged with 3 martlets of Sable.


The Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[5]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Sébastien Loriette
2008 2014 Alain Deparpe
2014 2020 Jean-Luc Guillaume

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 160 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
324 368 336 368 690 681 694 715 704
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
- - 650 613 562 559 563 572 528
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
536 502 477 273 381 338 353 260 308
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
265 216 194 166 128 139 157 160 -

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

An Oratory at Recouvrance
Population of Banogne-Recouvrance

Sites and monuments[edit]

The Church

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Ernst Jünger, German writer, he stayed in the hamlet of Recouvrance when he was a young soldier. This hamlet was slightly behind the front (on the German side) in early 1915 and served as a training area. Ernst Jünger devoted several pages to his stay, which preceded his engagement at the front, in his journal Storm of Steel.[4][6]

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 (in French)
  3. ^ a b Google Maps
  4. ^ a b Journals of War, Ernst Jünger. Vol. I, 1914-1918. Bibliothèque de la Pléiade. Gallimard. pp.13-15 (in French)
  5. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  6. ^ Banogne-Recouvrance, The test of the Great War and the story of Ernst Jünger (in French)