Briouze

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Briouze
The town hall in Briouze
The town hall in Briouze
Coat of arms of Briouze
Coat of arms
Location of Briouze
Briouze is located in France
Briouze
Briouze
Briouze is located in Normandy
Briouze
Briouze
Coordinates: 48°42′00″N 0°21′57″W / 48.7°N .3658333333°W / 48.7; -.3658333333Coordinates: 48°42′00″N 0°21′57″W / 48.7°N .3658333333°W / 48.7; -.3658333333
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentOrne
ArrondissementArgentan
CantonAthis-de-l'Orne
IntercommunalityPays de Briouze
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Salles
Area
1
17.15 km2 (6.62 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)2[1]
1,621
 • Density95/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
61063 /61220
Elevation197–254 m (646–833 ft)
(avg. 212 m or 696 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.

Briouze is a commune in the Orne department of Normandy in northwestern France. It is considered the capital of the pays d'Houlme at the western end of the Orne in the Norman bocage. The nearby Grand Hazé marshland is a heritage-listed area (Natura 2000).

William de Braose, First Lord of Bramber (Guillaume de Briouze) was granted lands in England after the Norman conquest and used his wealth to build a priory in his home town.

The name Briouze probably comes from an older Norman form of the word "boue", or "mud".

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19361,524—    
19541,521−0.2%
19621,518−0.2%
19681,685+11.0%
19751,703+1.1%
19821,690−0.8%
19901,658−1.9%
19991,620−2.3%
20071,600−1.2%
20091,599−0.1%
20121,565−2.1%

Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Briouze
The arms of Briouze are blazoned :
Azure, in base 2 clasped hands Or, and in chief a bird argent on waves couped sable from which issue reeds argent; all within a bordure argent semy of lozenges gules and ermine spots sable.



Transport[edit]

It is served by Gare de Briouze.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.