La Chapelle-Faucher

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La Chapelle-Faucher
Château de La Chapelle-Faucher
Château de La Chapelle-Faucher
La Chapelle-Faucher is located in France
La Chapelle-Faucher
La Chapelle-Faucher
Coordinates: 45°22′18″N 0°45′10″E / 45.3717°N 0.7528°E / 45.3717; 0.7528Coordinates: 45°22′18″N 0°45′10″E / 45.3717°N 0.7528°E / 45.3717; 0.7528
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Dordogne
Arrondissement Nontron
Canton Champagnac-de-Belair
Intercommunality Pays de Champagnac-en-Périgord
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christian Mazière
Area1 18.4 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 381
 • Density 21/km2 (54/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 24107 / 24530
Elevation 114–213 m (374–699 ft)
(avg. 144 m or 472 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 Chapelle-Faucher is a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

This small but quaint rural French village has a Romanesque-style church, Notre Dame de l'Assomption built in the 12th century, a rambling ancient chateau overlooking the Cole River built in the 13th century (some of which has been restored and used for wedding receptions and other events), a kindergarten and a town hall. La Chapelle-Faucher is set above the river Côle, a tributary of the Dronne river which runs through the nearby town of Brantôme.

History[edit]

In the 14th century the entire town was burnt to the ground during the Hundred Years' War. The village was gradually rebuilt, but religion's powerful hand frequented the village. On 2 July 1569, Protestants led by Gaspard de Coligny, rounded up 260 Catholic peasants (men, women and children), put into the chateau and brutally killed one by one during the wars of religion. The local priest pleaded that they be saved but to no avail. According to the local chronicler of these wars at the time, Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur (and abbé) de Brantôme, the killings began at 9am and finished around 2pm. Some residents say you can hear the voices of distressed peasants in the darkness of the night...

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1831 900 —    
1836 923 +2.6%
1841 861 −6.7%
1846 882 +2.4%
1851 877 −0.6%
1856 901 +2.7%
1861 919 +2.0%
1866 921 +0.2%
1872 882 −4.2%
1876 869 −1.5%
1881 861 −0.9%
1886 881 +2.3%
1891 851 −3.4%
1896 852 +0.1%
1901 733 −14.0%
1906 725 −1.1%
1911 701 −3.3%
1921 553 −21.1%
1926 622 +12.5%
1931 603 −3.1%
1936 580 −3.8%
1946 517 −10.9%
1954 493 −4.6%
1962 464 −5.9%
1968 477 +2.8%
1975 478 +0.2%
1982 445 −6.9%
1990 398 −10.6%
1999 400 +0.5%
2008 381 −4.7%

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