La Ferté-Vidame

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La Ferté-Vidame
View of Ferté-Vidame castle, before 1750, Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe
View of Ferté-Vidame castle, before 1750, Louis-Nicolas van Blarenberghe
Coat of arms of La Ferté-Vidame
Coat of arms
La Ferté-Vidame is located in France
La Ferté-Vidame
La Ferté-Vidame
Coordinates: 48°36′44″N 0°54′06″E / 48.6122°N 0.9017°E / 48.6122; 0.9017Coordinates: 48°36′44″N 0°54′06″E / 48.6122°N 0.9017°E / 48.6122; 0.9017
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Eure-et-Loir
Arrondissement Dreux
Canton Saint-Lubin-des-Joncherets
Intercommunality L'Orée du Perche
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Jallot
Area1 39.81 km2 (15.37 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 766
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 28149 /28340
Elevation 214–286 m (702–938 ft)
(avg. 246 m or 807 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.

La Ferté-Vidame is a commune in the Eure-et-Loir department in northern France.


The title of vidame of Chartres was, under the Ancien Régime, attached to the lands of [La] Ferté-Arnault. Among the famous men to bear the title vidame de Chartres were the English soldier Thomas de Scales, 7th Baron Scales (d. 1460), Jean de Ferrieres, and the memoirist Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon. The chateau was Saint-Simon's main country house. At the French Revolution the seigneur was Jean-Joseph de Laborde, an ennobled business man with progressive views, who was to be guillotined in 1794.


The Château de la Ferté-Vidame was substantially rebuilt by the architect Antoine Matthieu Le Carpentier in 1771. It is now a roofless shell.

The ruins of the Château de la Ferté-Vidame in 2005.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 693 —    
1968 793 +14.4%
1975 790 −0.4%
1982 784 −0.8%
1990 801 +2.2%
1999 818 +2.1%
2008 766 −6.4%

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