Mourjou

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Mourjou
Part of Puycapel
Mourjou seen from Jalenques, during an autumn evening
Mourjou seen from Jalenques, during an autumn evening
Location of Mourjou
Mourjou is located in France
Mourjou
Mourjou
Mourjou is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Mourjou
Mourjou
Coordinates: 44°41′29″N 2°19′48″E / 44.6914°N 2.33°E / 44.6914; 2.33Coordinates: 44°41′29″N 2°19′48″E / 44.6914°N 2.33°E / 44.6914; 2.33
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentCantal
ArrondissementAurillac
CantonMaurs
CommunePuycapel
Area
1
29.99 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
328
 • Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
15340
Elevation294–663 m (965–2,175 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.

Mourjou is a former commune in the Cantal department in south-central France. On 1 January 2019, it was merged into the new commune Puycapel.[2] A chestnut fair is held annually during the third weekend of October.

Peter Graham, the writer and journalist, is the author of Mourjou: The Life and Food of an Auvergne Village.[3] The book, based on historical research and interviews with many local residents, describes the area surrounding the village, known as the Chataigneraie, and its customs and cuisine.

The village is home to the Maison de la Chataigne, a museum dedicated to the chestnut: its history, its cultivation and harvesting, and its consumption. It is open from June to September every day of the week in the afternoon, except Monday.

There is a restaurant, the Auberge de Mourjou, which is open seven days a week.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
17931,046—    
18211,119+7.0%
18411,115−0.4%
18561,163+4.3%
18721,062−8.7%
18861,017−4.2%
1901860−15.4%
1911864+0.5%
1921759−12.2%
1936746−1.7%
1946658−11.8%
1962592−10.0%
1975543−8.3%
1982503−7.4%
1990420−16.5%
1999354−15.7%
2008327−7.6%
2011311−4.9%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 12 December 2018 (in French)
  3. ^ Graham, Peter (1999). Mourjou: The Life and Food of an Auvergne Village (in English and French). London: Penguin. ISBN 978-0140468601.