Cour-Cheverny

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Cour-Cheverny
Commune
Cour-Cheverny is located in France
Cour-Cheverny
Cour-Cheverny
Coordinates: 47°30′37″N 1°27′25″E / 47.5103°N 1.4569°E / 47.5103; 1.4569Coordinates: 47°30′37″N 1°27′25″E / 47.5103°N 1.4569°E / 47.5103; 1.4569
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Loir-et-Cher
Arrondissement Blois
Canton Contres
Intercommunality Blois
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) François Croissandeau
Area1 29.8 km2 (11.5 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 2,750
 • Density 92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 41067 /41700
Elevation 73–118 m (240–387 ft)
(avg. 87 m or 285 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.

Cour-Cheverny is a commune in the Loir-et-Cher department in the Centre region of France. The commune's land extends across the Loire Valley and across the Sologne region. Its inhabitants are known as Courchois.

Toponymy[edit]

  • The name Cour-Cheverny has its origins in the vulgar Latin word, curtis, meaning farm. It seems likely, then, that the village of Cour-Cheverny was once a large piece of land belonging to the nearby village of Cheverny.
  • Over the years the village has had other names, such as Cour-en-Sologne, the name by which it was known up until the 19th century.
  • The church was mentioned in 1145 as belonging to the Abbey of Bourgmoyen. It came under the diocese of Chartres at the time. Cour-Cheverny would have been a curtis, or farm, near to the small town of Cheverny, which began to grow in size and importance in the 6th century.

Sights[edit]

  • The Château of Sérigny, la Sistière, Beaumont, Chantreuil, les Murblins, and la Taurie.
  • La Borde is a renowned psychiatric clinic offering institutional psychotherapy treatments
  • The 12th-century church of Saint-Aignan, which was altered in the 16th and 17th centuries, has a nave with two bays, two aisles, a semi-circular apse, arcades of two-centred pointed arches, ribbed vaulting with a keystone dating from 1609, an east-facing great door and a tall framed spire on a central bell tower.
  • The Chapel of Sérigny.
  • The Oratory of la Boide.
  • The Conon Valley.
  • The Beuvron, a 115 km long tributary of the Loire, that runs into the Loire at Candé-sur-Beuvron.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,713 —    
1968 1,724 +0.6%
1975 1,863 +8.1%
1982 2,130 +14.3%
1990 2,347 +10.2%
1999 2,555 +8.9%
2008 2,676 +4.7%
2013 2,750 +2.8%

Economy[edit]

Wine[edit]

The Cour Cheverny Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) was recognized in 1997.[1] Geographically it corresponds to the commune of Cour-Cheverny and 10 other communes in the surrounding area. The single grape variety used is Romorantin, from which a dry, white wine is produced.

The Cheverny AOC, which was also recognized in 1997, covers a wider area but also includes the commune of Cour-Cheverny. The wines produced under this appellation are dry, white wines (the main grape variety being Sauvignon blanc), and red and rosé wines (the main grape variety being Gamay).

Tourism[edit]

The Ferme de la Gaudinière is a gîte with some bed and breakfast facilities. It is located in the hamlet of la Gaudinière, which takes its name from the gaude plant (weld), formerly used as a yellow colouring agent.

Events[edit]

  • Weekly market day: Tuesday.
  • Town's saint's day: Whit Monday;
  • Town show: Easter and the Sunday following 15 August.
  • Saint Vincent's Day, in honour of the patron saint of wine-growers, celebrated on 22 January.
  • Bread Festival, first weekend in July.
  • Flea Market, first weekend in August.
  • Saint Cecilia's Day, in honour of the patron saint of musicians, celebrated on 22 November.

Hotels[edit]

Hotel and Restaurant Hotel and Restaurant Restaurant Pizzeria
Des Trois Marchands Le Saint Hubert La Vieille Auberge La Pergola

Sports[edit]

  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Badminton

There is even a combined sports association that oversees and coordinates 10 different sections (Gymnastics, Badminton, Basketball, Dance School, Football, Judo, Petanque, Table tennis, Shooting and Cycling (Moorland to Lakeside, i.e. off-road)). The association is called the E.S.C.C.C. (Étoile sportive de Cour-Cheverny et Cheverny or Sporting Star of Cour-Cheverny and Cheverny.)

A gymnasium, built in the last ten years, is available for indoor activities.

Personalities[edit]

  • Paul Renouard, the 19th-century artist, born in Cour-Cheverny
  • Jean-François Deniau, a statesman and writer, 1928–2007.
  • Alain Souchon, the singer, songwriter and actor


See also[edit]

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