Villeneuvette

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Villeneuvette
Village gate
Village gate
Location of Villeneuvette
Villeneuvette is located in France
Villeneuvette
Villeneuvette
Villeneuvette is located in Occitanie
Villeneuvette
Villeneuvette
Coordinates: 43°36′40″N 3°24′01″E / 43.6111°N 3.4003°E / 43.6111; 3.4003Coordinates: 43°36′40″N 3°24′01″E / 43.6111°N 3.4003°E / 43.6111; 3.4003
CountryFrance
RegionOccitania
DepartmentHérault
ArrondissementLodève
CantonClermont-l'Hérault
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jacky Perez[1]
Area
1
3.14 km2 (1.21 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
69
 • Density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
34338 /34800
Elevation116–317 m (381–1,040 ft)
(avg. 140 m or 460 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Villeneuvette (French pronunciation: ​[vilnœvɛt]; Occitan: La Fatura) is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. It is close to the town of Clermont l'Hérault.

Villeneuvette is a small village made up of a group of buildings built in the 17th century to create a royal clothmaking factory and to provide accommodation for its workers. Apart from a hotel and restaurant, the buildings are now restricted to residential use, many for holiday purposes.

The creation of Villeneuvette was promoted in 1677 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the noted finance minister of King Louis XIV. It was one of his many initiatives to develop France's industrial base. The factory was powered hydraulically, the water being drawn from various water courses from existing basins. The factory was privately owned and produced cloth for the king, including uniforms for his armies. The factory was operational until 1955.

Since 1995, the village has been classified as a "Zone de Protection du Patrimoine et du Paysage", recognising the originality and importance of its heritage.

Since 2014, the site has been listed as monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.[3]

The original inscription above the gateway was "MANUFACTURE ROYALE" but this was later rather crudely changed by the Republic to "HONNEUR AU TRAVAIL" - Honour in work.[citation needed]

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
196228—    
196861+117.9%
197550−18.0%
198275+50.0%
199083+10.7%
199985+2.4%
200865−23.5%
"Montagne de Liausson" from Villeneuvette

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Base Mérimée: Ancienne cité manufacturière de Villeneuvette, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)

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