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Old Barisis Railway Station
Old Barisis Railway Station
Coat of arms of Barisis-aux-Bois
Coat of arms
Barisis-aux-Bois is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Barisis-aux-Bois is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°34′43″N 3°19′41″E / 49.5786°N 3.3281°E / 49.5786; 3.3281Coordinates: 49°34′43″N 3°19′41″E / 49.5786°N 3.3281°E / 49.5786; 3.3281
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Arrondissement Laon
Canton Vic-sur-Aisne
Intercommunality Val de l'Ailette
 • Mayor (2008–2020) François Bobo
Area1 15.11 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 723
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 02049 /02700
Elevation 53–186 m (174–610 ft)
(avg. 50 m or 160 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.

Barisis-aux-Bois, formerly called Barisis until 3 December 2014,[1] is a French commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France.[2]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Barisiens or Barisiennes[3]


Barisis-aux-Bois is located some 20 km west of Laon and 25 km north of Soissons. The village is in the heart of the national forest of Saint-Gobain. The commune can be accessed by the D1750 road from Pierremande in the west to the village with the D534 continuing east to Saint-Gobain and the D535 going south-east to Septvaux. There is also the D53 road from Amigny-Rouy in the north passing through the village and continuing south to Verneuil-sous-Coucy. The D7 road from Amigny-Rouy to Saint-Gobain passes through the northern corner of the commune. Other than the village there are three hamlets in the commune: Bernagousse, L'Abbaye, and Le Crotoir. The commune is heavily forested - especially in the north - with some areas of farmland.[4] [5]

The Menil stream passes through the commune from south to north joining the Ruisseau de Servais and continuing north forming part of the eastern border of the commune joining with many other streams before joining the Oise.[4]

Neighbouring communes and villages[4][edit]


Barisis-aux-Bois appears as Barisy on the 1750 Cassini Map[6] and the same on the 1790 version.[7]

The spelling of Barisis was registered in the Bulletin des lois of 1801 although in 1793 the spelling had been Barizis.[8]

Barisis-aux-Bois has an old railway station on the former Chauny to Saint-Gobain line.

Barisis Station in 1900.
Old railway bridge


Arms of Barisis

Party per bend sinister, one azure, with a tree proper in pale leaved in vert truncated by bend; two vert, a herbed terrace over a river all in bend sinister; over all a bend sinister argent charged with four pigs proper spotted in sable contourned.


List of Successive Mayors of Barisis-aux-Bois[9]

From To Name Party Position
1977 1983 Marie Claire Dejean-Ficheau
1983 2001 Paul Nimal
2001 2008 Michèle Geais PS
2008 2008 Didier Lemée
2008 2020 François Bobo

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 723 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
834 1,003 967 1,078 1,207 1,241 1,231 1,288 1,193
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,068 1,091 1,077 1,025 1,024 943 917 876 847
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
825 848 858 450 662 580 562 545 615
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2008 2010
638 723 694 697 689 669 699 708 723

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

Population of Barisis-aux-Bois

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Louis Nicolas Lemasle, painter, retired in Barisis and died there on 14 October 1876.

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 [1] Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities 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.