Acqueville, Calvados

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The lavoir at Acqueville
The lavoir at Acqueville
Acqueville is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Thury-Harcourt
Intercommunality Suisse Normande
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Isabelle Onraed
Area1 6.65 km2 (2.57 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 186
 • Density 28/km2 (72/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14002 / 14220
Elevation 126–211 m (413–692 ft)
(avg. 150 m or 490 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.

Acqueville is a French commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of northwestern France.

The inhabitants of Acqueville are known as Acquevillais or Acquevillaises.[1]


Acqueville is located some 25 km south of Caen and 10 km east of Thury-Harcourt. It lies in a flat farming area on the D157 road which runs south from Cesny-Bois-Halbout through the centre of Acqueville south to join the D6 which forms the southern border of the commune. The north-western border of Acqueville is formed by Highway D23 while the north-eastern border is Highway D156. In the east and west the border is formed by several country roads. Apart from the village thee are the hamlets of L'Outre in the west, Puant in the east, and Le Buisson in the south-west.[2]

The Ruiusseau de Bactot flows through the commune from south-west to north-east where it continues to join the Laize north-east of Moulines.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2]


Acqueville was called Akevilla in 1204:[3] the German[3] or Scandinavian[4] anthroponym Aki or Aka, and in Latin a "rural villa".


List of Successive Mayors of Acqueville[5]

Mayors from 1939
From To Name Party Position
1939 1942 Louis Abavent
1942 1947 Jean Thibault
1947 1953 Lucien Bouin
1953 1977 Jean Thibault
1977 1995 Maurice Thibault
1995 2014 Denise Bouin SE Bank Employee
2014 2020 Isabelle Onraed

(Not all data is known)

The council is composed of eleven members, including the mayor and two deputies.


In 2010, the commune had 186 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known through the population censuses conducted in the town since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of municipalities with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1] [Note 2]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
529 441 502 453 466 440 423 410 379
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
374 368 350 323 331 283 266 246 253
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
249 244 200 189 189 183 176 157 165
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
184 146 144 170 211 178 161 186 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

Culture and heritage

Civil heritage

The commune has a number of buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • A Farmhouse at Puant (1760)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[6]
  • The Chateau de la Motte (1614 and 1694)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[7][8]
  • The Park of the Chateau de la Motte (16th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • A Farmhouse at la Cour Fontaine (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • A Farmhouse (1783)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]
  • A House (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]
  • Houses and Farms (17th to 19th centuries)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[13]
  • A Manor House (15th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[14]

Religious heritage

The commune has two religious buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Church of Saint-Aubin (13th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[15][16]
  • A Cemetery Cross at the Church of Saint-Aubin (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[17]


  • Arcisse de Caumont, Monumental Statistics of Calvados, Ed. Hardel, Caen, 1850, Pages 564-567

See also

External links

Notes and references


  1. At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 [1], the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" which allow, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For municipalities with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these municipalities is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.
  2. In the census table and the graph, by convention in Wikipedia, and to allow a fair comparison between five yearly censuses, the principle has been retained for subsequent legal populations since 1999 displayed in the census table and the graph that shows populations for the years 2006, 2011, 2016, etc., as well as the latest legal population published by INSEE


  1. Inhabitants of Calvados (French)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Google Maps
  3. 3.0 3.1 Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, Etymological Dictionary of place names in France, Ed. Larousse, Paris, 1963 (French)
  4. René Lepelley, Etymological Dictionary of commune names in Normandy, Ed. Éditions Charles Corlet, Condé-sur-Noireau, 1996, ISBN 978-2-905461-80-3, Page 45 (French)
  5. List of Mayors of France
  6. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000561 Farmhouse at Puant (French)
  7. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00111005 Chateau de la Motte (French)
  8. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000554 Chateau de la Motte (French)Camera aabb.svg
  9. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA14003370 Park of the Chateau de la Motte (French)
  10. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000560 Farmhouse at la Cour Fontaine (French)
  11. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000559 Farmhouse (French)
  12. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000558 House (French)
  13. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000557 Houses and Farms (French)
  14. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000556 Manor House (French)
  15. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00111006 Church of Saint-Aubin (French)Camera aabb.svg
  16. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00000553 Church of Saint-Aubin (French)
  17. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000555 Cemetery Cross (French)