Cormery

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Cormery
The abbey in Cormery
The abbey in Cormery
Coat of arms of Cormery
Coat of arms
Cormery is located in France
Cormery
Cormery
Coordinates: 47°16′05″N 0°50′14″E / 47.2681°N 0.8372°E / 47.2681; 0.8372Coordinates: 47°16′05″N 0°50′14″E / 47.2681°N 0.8372°E / 47.2681; 0.8372
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Tours
Canton Chambray-lès-Tours
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Antoine Campagne
Area1 6.07 km2 (2.34 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 1,655
 • Density 270/km2 (710/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 37083 / 37320
Elevation 57–94 m (187–308 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.

Cormery is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in the Centre Region. Its inhabitants are called Cormeriens, Cormeriennes.

It is located 21 kilometres from Tours and 18 kilometres from Joué-lès-Tours.

Geography[edit]

Cormery is located a few miles southeast of Tours.

The area of the town is watered by the Indre river.

History[edit]

Cormery Abbey[edit]

In 791, a religious institution was founded by Ithier of St. Martin, abbot of Basilica of St. Martin in Tours and prochancelier of Charlemagne. This edifice was to create a more friendly place for meditation and prayer, plus respect for the rule of Saint Benedict of Nursia. Ithier come here to retreat from the world and its agitations. The modest priory was first called Celle Saint-Paul.

Alcuin who succeeded Ithier Cormery led a tremendous spiritual growth and materially transformed the priory into an important abbey by donating important areas. This allows his successor, Fridugisus, to perform great works.

A protective shadow of the abbey caused many residents to gather and a town was formed which became an important commercial center: since 845 a market is held every Thursday.

During the ascent of the Loire river by Normans, the monks of Saint-Martin first put the holy relics in their safe in Cormery before forced to flee to the east.

The abbey was in ruins in the early eleventh century and was rededicated in 1054.

In 1268 to 1271, the abbot was Jean de Brosse, parent of Pierre de Brosse, and close to Philip II of France according to Le Hardi.

In 1562, Cormery was sacked by Huguenots during the wars of religion.

In 1662, the congregation of Saint Maur recreated a monastic community that would last until the Revolution.

There are now only impressive remains, objects of study by historians of the region and a cookie recipe "macaroons Abbey".

List of Mayors[edit]

List of Mayors
Start End Name
March 1971 March 1989 Jacques Dupuy
March 1989 June 1995 Bernard Boutet
June 1995 March 2001 Pierre Gargaud
March 2001 March 2008 Jean-Marie Doublé
March 2008 Antoine Campagne

Heraldry[edit]

Description of the emblazon
Blason de la ville de Cormery (37).svg Original French Les armes de Cormery se blasonnent ainsi : Mi-parti : au premier d'or à l'aigle bicéphale de sable, au second d'azur aux trois fleurs de lys d'or ; à l'épée basse d'argent, garnie d'or, brochant sur la partition[1]
English blazon The arms of 'Cormery is emblazoned as follows: Mi-party: the first gold double-headed eagle Sable, second azure three gold fleurs-de-lis; the low silver sword, overlaid with gold, surmounting the partition.
Status Cormery

Drinking Water Management[edit]

The town of Cormery is part of the SIPTEC (Syndicat Intercommunal de Truyes-Esvres-Cormery).

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 938 —    
1800 791 −15.7%
1806 861 +8.8%
1821 1,119 +30.0%
1831 1,045 −6.6%
1836 1,034 −1.1%
1841 985 −4.7%
1846 1,048 +6.4%
1851 1,043 −0.5%
1856 1,028 −1.4%
1861 1,039 +1.1%
1866 1,046 +0.7%
1872 986 −5.7%
1876 1,023 +3.8%
1881 934 −8.7%
1886 909 −2.7%
1891 851 −6.4%
1896 822 −3.4%
1901 826 +0.5%
1906 792 −4.1%
1911 803 +1.4%
1921 775 −3.5%
1926 729 −5.9%
1931 783 +7.4%
1936 832 +6.3%
1946 863 +3.7%
1954 829 −3.9%
1962 928 +11.9%
1968 1,032 +11.2%
1975 1,106 +7.2%
1982 1,169 +5.7%
1990 1,323 +13.2%
1999 1,542 +16.6%
2006 1,631 +5.8%
2009 1,655 +1.5%

Places and monuments[edit]

Ruins of the Abbey
  • A lantern of the dead from the twelfth century. Declared an historical monument December 1, 1920 as a lantern of the dead. (It seems that this is actually a hosanna cross).
  • Benedictine abbey: founded in 791 by Ithier, abbot of Saint Martin of Tours
  • The Chapel of the Virgin: Built at the end of the 15th century.
  • The rectory: Built in the 15th century.

Personalities linked to the town[edit]

  • Ithier of Saint Martin
  • Alcuin

Bibliography[edit]

  • Engerand, Roland (1947). Cormery, bourg tourangeau, photographies de Sylvain Knecht [Cormery, town of Touraine, Photographs of Synvain Knect] (in French). Éditions Plaisirs de France. 

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The coat of arms of the town on Gaso. Last viewed: March 2009.

External links[edit]

  • "Cormery". Town of Cormery. Retrieved 2 November 2014.