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An old barn in Bassignac-le-Haut
An old barn in Bassignac-le-Haut
Coat of arms of Bassignac-le-Haut
Coat of arms
Bassignac-le-Haut is located in France
Coordinates: 45°12′44″N 2°04′21″E / 45.2122°N 2.0725°E / 45.2122; 2.0725Coordinates: 45°12′44″N 2°04′21″E / 45.2122°N 2.0725°E / 45.2122; 2.0725
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Corrèze
Arrondissement Tulle
Canton Saint-Privat
Intercommunality Community of communes of Canton de Saint-Privat
 • Mayor (2012–2020) Jean Claude Turquet
Area1 18.37 km2 (7.09 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 204
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 19018 /19220
Elevation 253–628 m (830–2,060 ft)
(avg. 540 m or 1,770 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.

Bassignac-le-Haut is a French commune in the Corrèze department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of central France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bassignacois or Bassignacoises .[2]


Bassignac-le-Haut is located in the Massif Central some 20 km north-east of Argentat and 20 km south-east of Tulle. Access to the commune is by the D13 road from Darazac in the south which passes through the commune and the village before continuing north-east along the banks of the river then across to Saint-Merd-de-Lapleau. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of Le Bousquet, Vaujour, Le Mas, Vernac, Maurel, and Ymons in the commune. The commune is mostly farmland but heavily forested along the river.[3][4]

A lake formed by the Barrage du Chastang dam on the Dordogne river forms all the western and northern border of the commune. The Ruisseau de vaujour rises in the north-west of the commune and flows the short distance north-west to the Dordogne. Similarly the Ruisseau du Roc Chabrier rises in the north and flows north into the Dordogne. The Ruisseau de la Cascade flows north through the eastern part of the commune to join the Dordogne east of the commune. The Ruisseau de Vieilzot rises just south of the commune and forms much of the southern border as it floes west to join the Dordogne in the south-western tip of the commune.[3][4]


Bassignac-le-Haut appears as Baßignac le Haut on the 1750 Cassini Map[5] and as Bassignac le Haut on the 1790 version.[6]


Arms of Bassignac-le-Haut
The official status of the blazon remains to be determined.

Party per pale, at 1 Argent a bend Gules between 6 saltires Gules couped 2 and 1 at 1 and in bend at 2; at 2Gules a bend of Or, in chief Azure charged with 3 mullets of Or.


List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2007 Raymond Delmas
2007 2008 Hubert Lavesque
2008 2011 Josette Puyraymond
2012 2020 Jean Claude Turquet[8]

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 204 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
761 668 770 795 801 790 760 822 868
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
833 828 813 802 813 837 774 728 704
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
667 653 611 511 548 486 507 518 468
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
429 476 426 395 311 212 184 204 -

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

Population of Bassignac-le-Haut

Culture and heritage[edit]

The Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens
The Covered Cross

Religious heritage[edit]

The commune has several religious buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Ouradour Cemetery Cross (Middle Ages)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • The Ciriex Cemetery Cross (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • A Covered Cross in the old cemetery (15th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]
  • The Church of Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12] The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:
    • A Painting with frame: Saint Roch (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[13]
    • A Painting with frame: John the Baptist (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[14]
    • An Altar Painting with frame: Christ on the Cross (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[15]
    • A Painting with frame: Presentation of the Rosary to Saints Dominic and Catherine (18th century)Logo monument historique - noir sans texte.svg[16]

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Stephen of Obazine (1085-1154), priest and hermit famed for his pious nature, born in the commune.

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, 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 and 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.


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