Le Grand-Lemps

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Le Grand-Lemps
A general view of Le Grand-Lemps
A general view of Le Grand-Lemps
Coat of arms of Le Grand-Lemps
Coat of arms
Le Grand-Lemps is located in France
Le Grand-Lemps
Le Grand-Lemps
Coordinates: 45°23′57″N 5°25′14″E / 45.3992°N 5.4206°E / 45.3992; 5.4206Coordinates: 45°23′57″N 5°25′14″E / 45.3992°N 5.4206°E / 45.3992; 5.4206
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement La Tour-du-Pin
Canton Le Grand-Lemps
Intercommunality Bièvre Est
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Didier Rambaud
Area1 12.9 km2 (5.0 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 2,946
 • Density 230/km2 (590/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 38182 /38690
Elevation 434–724 m (1,424–2,375 ft)
(avg. 480 m or 1,570 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.

Le Grand-Lemps is a commune in the Isère department in southeastern France.


The area of the municipality is 1290 hectares (about 5 square miles). It is located at the edge of the plain of Bièvre (Beaver) river, halfway between Voiron and Saint-André-la-Côte.

The town is located on the axis between Rives, Isère and La Frette, Isère (RD73). The natural reserve of the pond Le Grand-Lemps is classified as européenne2 reserves.[1] It is a natural area of ecological interest, flora and fauna which is (ZNIEFF) Type I/Zone No. 3800-7000.


The name "Le Grand-Lemps" was derived from the Latin 'Lampsacus', which was an ancient Greek city near the ancient city of Troy.

Early history[edit]

It is likely that the first tribes there, the Ligures, would have arrived and settled in the sixth century BC. Celtic Allobroges later came to mingle with the people. Around 120 BC began the Roman invasion of Gaul. A barbarian tribe the Burgundians later migrated to the area. In 486, Clovis I founded the kingdom of the Franks. After the victory in the Battle of Vézeronce in 524, the Franks claimed the region. In the later part of the sixth century there was the fragmentation of the land between the invaders and the beginning of feudalism. There was then a time of settlement of some Saracen hordes. This was followed by a less hectic period during the reign of Charlemagne, whose empire at his death in 843 was divided into three, leaving the geographic area under the domination of his grandson Lothair I.


Its residents are called Lempsiquois.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,781 —    
1806 1,797 +0.9%
1821 1,853 +3.1%
1831 1,856 +0.2%
1841 2,115 +14.0%
1851 2,220 +5.0%
1861 2,065 −7.0%
1872 1,984 −3.9%
1881 2,083 +5.0%
1891 1,941 −6.8%
1901 1,848 −4.8%
1911 1,830 −1.0%
1921 1,737 −5.1%
1931 2,014 +15.9%
1946 1,657 −17.7%
1954 1,705 +2.9%
1962 1,759 +3.2%
1968 1,726 −1.9%
1975 1,986 +15.1%
1982 2,164 +9.0%
1990 2,364 +9.2%
1999 2,349 −0.6%
2006 2,802 +19.3%
2011 2,946 +5.1%


A beautiful mural is painted on the facade of the old blind "Castro house" at the western entrance of the city. It tells the story representing a local tavern whose sign is the "Green Fairy" because it produced absinthe. Painted characters are dressed in silk and woven locally in the foreground is represented as a rosebush growing roses is common in the plain of the Le Grand-Lemps.

Many artists have visited and spent significant lengths of time in Le Grand-Lemps over the years. The painter Pierre Bonnard and his family lived in Le Grand-Lemps, where he took inspiration and created artworks based on the area. The writer, poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine, the writer Alfred Jarry, the composer Claude Terrasse, and the painter Édouard Vuillard have stayed for periods of time as well.


  • City Hall and City Hall Park
  • Castle Square: it hosts a market every Tuesday and Friday mornings, as well as numerous events.
  • Municipal halls: the multipurpose room "La Grange" (capacity 1000 people for a meal, a show for 400, 500 for sport), Foyer Municipal (capacity 200 people), Space "Pierre Bonnard" (capacity 100 persons ), the room "old Town Hall" (capacity 20 people).
  • Sports facilities: Gymnasium multipurpose room for handball and basketball, the Municipal Stadium with two pitches for football and rugby, and two tennis courts.
  • Its railway station, on the main line from Lyon to Grenoble, is the site of a "free library"

Twin towns[edit]

Le Grand-Lemps is twinned with:


  1. ^ (French) Réserve Européenne : Fiche sur l'étang et la tourbière du Grand-Lemps-Chabons.

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