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Condeau is located in France
Location within Normandy region
Condeau is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 48°23′09″N 0°50′04″E / 48.3858°N 0.8344°E / 48.3858; 0.8344Coordinates: 48°23′09″N 0°50′04″E / 48.3858°N 0.8344°E / 48.3858; 0.8344
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Mortagne-au-Perche
Canton Bretoncelles
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Chevalier
Area1 15.28 km2 (5.90 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 397
 • Density 26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 61115 /61110
Elevation 105–214 m (344–702 ft)
(avg. 109 m or 358 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.
Mill on the Huisne in Condeau

Condeau is a former commune in the modern-day Orne department (and formerly within Le Perche region) in north-western France: on 1 January 2016, it merged into the new commune of Sablons-sur-Huisne.[1]

Origins and etymology[edit]

Condeau is a town that lies near the river Huisne in Lower Normandy.

The toponym "Condeau" is a diminutive of Condé, a neighboring town name as the confluence (Gaulish condate) of the Huisne and Corbionne rivers.[2][3]


The French denonym for people who live in Condeau is Condoléen[4].


Church of Saint-Denis

In 1789, after the Décret de la division de la France en départements created townships, Condeau became chief town of its canton. In 1801, the canton was abolished.

On 1 January 2016, Condeau merged into Sablons-sur-Huisne as a municipality under by Law Number 2010-1563 of 16 December 2010 on local government reform. The communes of Condeau, Condé-sur-Huisne, and Coulonges-les-Sablons merged and Condé-sur-Huisne became the chief town of the new municipality.


Condeau and its environs

The town council comprises eleven members, including the mayor and two deputies.[5]


Population of Condeau (1962-2008)

In 2015, Condeau had 421 inhabitants. After 2004, surveys of census in municipalities of less than 10 000 inhabitants were held every five years (e.g., 2005), so figures from other years are estimates. Condeau's population peaked at 1,034 inhabitants in 1821.


Château de Villeray near Condeau

Sites in Condeau include:

  • Church of Saint-Denis (Église Saint-Denis): 16th-century church that houses three paintings registered as historic monuments
  • Villeray Castle (Château de Villeray): 18th-century castle registered as an historic monument
    • Old Mill on the Huisne (Ancien moulin sur l'Huisne): Dependency of the castle of Villeray
    • Manor Grand Brolles: 16th-century chapel
    • Radray Chapel (Chapelle de Radray)[6]

Notable inhabitants[edit]

  • Jacques-Claude Dugué d'Assé (1749-1830), French politician
  • Robert-Jules Garnier (1883-1958), French chief designer
  • James Rossant (1928-2009), American architect and artist
  • Colette Rossant (1932), French-American writer

See also[edit]

Ancient provinces of Perche and Perche-Gouët (fr) (with their extant communes listed in text below)


  1. ^ "Arrêté du 25 septembre 2015 portant création de la commune nouvelle de Sablons sur Huisne". LegiFrance. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Lepelley, René (October 1999). Noms de lieux de Normandie et des îles Anglo-Normandes. Bonneton. p. 85. ISBN 2-86253-247-9. 
  3. ^ Nègre, Ernest (1998). Toponymie générale de la France. Libraire Droze. p. 1721. 
  4. ^ "Un troc plantes de plus en plus prometteur". Ouest-France. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Condeau (61110) - Municipales 2014". Ouest-France. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Chapelle de Radray". Observatoire du Patrimoine Religieux. Retrieved 1 July 2018.