The château of the village of Saint-Romain-Lachalm
|• Mayor||Olivier Cigoletti|
|Area1||19.02 km2 (7.34 sq mi)|
|• Density||44/km2 (110/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||43223 /43620|
|Elevation||757–1,008 m (2,484–3,307 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.
Its inhabitants are the Sans Roumis. The commune's name seems to have come from a visit by Saint Romain, combined with Lachalm referring to the abundance of thatched roofs ("la chaume", thatched roof). Until the arrival of the [aristocratic] Du Peloux family, St-Romain-Lachalm was a joint lordship. Notable monuments include the church, the chateau (privately owned) and the roadside cross. The patron saint's festival is usually the first weekend in August.
The noble Du Peloux de Saint Romain family are the counts of Saint-Romain-Lachalm. They came from the Vivarais and St-Romain-Lachalm was part of the dowry of Aymarde de Curnieu in 1418. They restored the chateau in 1603 and added its octagonal tower. When the French Revolution came, Count Charles du Peloux and his son were condemned to death for the simple fact of being of noble lineage. They were finally pardoned thanks to numerous witnesses attesting that they were sympathetic to republican principles (they were supporters of Lafayette). Count Charles was later elected mayor. Of the 22 mayors since, 11 have been from the Du Peloux family.
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