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Lestrade-et-Thouels is located in France
Coordinates: 44°03′37″N 2°39′37″E / 44.0603°N 2.6603°E / 44.0603; 2.6603Coordinates: 44°03′37″N 2°39′37″E / 44.0603°N 2.6603°E / 44.0603; 2.6603
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Saint-Rome-de-Tarn
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Bernard Castagnier (PR)
Area1 42.27 km2 (16.32 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 462
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 12129 /12430
Elevation 315–803 m (1,033–2,635 ft)
(avg. 720 m or 2,360 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.

Lestrade-et-Thouels is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 608 —    
1968 672 +10.5%
1975 612 −8.9%
1982 624 +2.0%
1990 534 −14.4%
1999 454 −15.0%
2008 438 −3.5%

Relation to Inspector Lestrade[edit]

The village of Lestrade-et-Thouels is considered as a possible origin of the family name "Lestrade", made famous through the character Inspector Lestrade who appears in numerous Sherlock Holmes stories. Arthur Conan Doyle is known to have given the fictional inspector the name of a friend from his days at the University of Edinburgh, a Saint Lucian medical student, Joseph Alexandre Lestrade. The ancestry of Joseph Lestrade is not sufficiently known to establish a certain link between him and the French village.

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