Espinasse, Puy-de-Dôme

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Espinasse is located in France
Coordinates: 46°02′19″N 2°42′43″E / 46.0386°N 2.7119°E / 46.0386; 2.7119Coordinates: 46°02′19″N 2°42′43″E / 46.0386°N 2.7119°E / 46.0386; 2.7119
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Puy-de-Dôme
Arrondissement Arrondissement of Riom
Canton Canton of Saint-Éloy-les-Mines
Intercommunality Communauté de communes Cœur de Combrailles
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Marc Gidel
Area1 23.95 km2 (9.25 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 294
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 63152 /63390
Elevation 598–774 m (1,962–2,539 ft)
(avg. 680 m or 2,230 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.

Espinasse is a French commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France. Small farming village in the Pays of Combrailles, in the canton of Saint-Éloy-les-Mines, the village is nestled in a hollow, about nine kilometers west of the town of Saint-Gervais-d'Auvergne. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Espinassois or Espinassoises.[1]

During the Middle Ages and the Early modern period, the region of Combrailles was of paramount importance at territorial level because it was located at the crossroads of several lordships (Bourbonnais, Auvergne and Limousin). Therefore, the town of Espinasse suffered this proximity and was divided into fiefs belonging among others to the House of Le Loup, the House of Montmorency and the House of La Fayette.


Espinasse is located some 30 km west of Combronde and 23 km north-west of Bromont-Lamothe. Access to the commune is by the D 13 from Charensat in the south-west which passes through the commune and the village before continuing north to Pionsat. The D 62 comes from Saint-Priest-des-Champs in the south-east. The D 18 comes from Saint-Julien-la-Geneste in the north-east. The D 528 comes from Bussières in the north-west. The commune is mixed forest and farmland.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3][edit]


Espinasse Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors since 1800[4]

From To Name Party Position
1800 1808 Gilbert Gory
1808 1813 Annet Lecuyer
1813 1815 Jean-Joseph Boutarel
1815 1816 Paul Sanne
1816 1818 Amable Nouhen
1819 1830 Charles Marien Baron
1830 1840 Claude Fribaud
1840 1849 Charles Marien Baron
1849 1875 Frédéric Gory
1875 1877 Marien Martin
1877 1885 Jean Chabry
1885 1889 Marien Lecuyer
1889 1893 François Carton
1893 1895 Gilbert Martin
1895 1904 Etienne Gory
1904 1912 Annet Charvillat
1912 1944 Eugène Charvillat
1944 1959 Michel Carte
1959 1975 Roger Laroche
1975 2005 François Gardet
2005 2020 Marc Gidel


In 2010 the commune had 308 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
837 823 735 1,021 1,025 1,018 1,124 1,200 1,182
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
1,152 1,156 1,082 1,082 1,117 1,139 1,191 1,220 1,105
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
1,157 1,024 974 952 903 771 739 633 593
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 2013
543 507 411 355 274 285 320 308 294

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Population of Espinasse

Culture and heritage[edit]

Cultural events and festivities[edit]

The Hay Fest (La Fête des Foins in French) is the main festival in the village since 1998. It takes place in July.

Tourist monuments and places[edit]

  • The Church of St. Martin, very old, is partly Romanesque but was changed to the 2nd Gothic era. A statuary element painted white stone shows St. Margaret of Antioch slaying the dragon. It dates from the fifteenth century. Saint Martin is the patron of the parish but is also under the protection of Saint Gal, second patron.
  • The local school, completed in 1900, was also a town hall. The building was called Mairie-École at the time.
  • The Résistance site at Cacherat - Camp Gabriel Peri - which received on 23 October 1943, one of the two groups of escapees from the prison of Le Puy-en-Velay.
  • The Château of Pierrebrune, dating from the thirteenth century, rebuilt to modern, was the residence of the lords of Espinasse. In June 1440 during the Praguerie, King Charles VII, who came from Auzances and went to Montaigut-en-Combraille, passed through Pierrebrune.
  • The War Memorial in front of the church.

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Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.