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The Church of Sainte-Radegonde
The Church of Sainte-Radegonde
Arganchy is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Vire
Canton Bayeux
Intercommunality Bayeux Intercom
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Daniel Avoine
Area1 7.07 km2 (2.73 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 234
 • Density 33/km2 (86/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14019 / 14400
Elevation 33–81 m (108–266 ft)
(avg. 40 m or 130 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.

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

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arganchois or Arganchoises [1]


Arganchy is located in the area of Bessin in the valley of the Gourguichon Stream some 6.5 km south-west of Bayeux and 7 km north-east of Castillon. Access to the commune is by the D192 road from Subles in the west passing through the commune north of the village and continuing east to join National Highway N13 east of Monceaux-en-Bessin. The village is reached by the country road L'Eglise running off the D192. The D572 highway runs through the north-western corner of the commune with an exit onto the D192 at Subles. Apart from the village there are also the hamlets of La Mauvielle, Saint-Amator, La Petite Flague, and Les Feffes in the commune. The commune is entirely farmland.[2]

The Cayennes Stream flows from the south to join the Gourgichon Stream east of the village which flows west to join the Drôme at Aprigny (Agy)agy.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2]


The name Arganchy appears as Archenceium in 1198.[3]

The origin of the name is attributed to the anthroponym Argentius: Latin according to René Lepelley[4] or Gaulish according to Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing.[3]


In 1829 Arganchy (with 285 inhabitants in 1821) absorbed Saint-Amator (with 52 inhabitants) east of its territory.[5]


List of Successive Mayors[6]

From To Name Party Position
2001 Geneviève Michel
2001 2008 Claudine Dalmassie
2008 2020 Daniel Avoine SE

(Not all data is known)

The council is composed of eleven members including the mayor and two deputy mayors.


In 2009 the commune had 234 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population Change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
301 283 605 285 325 332 334 293 290
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
294 321 298 279 277 302 306 278 250
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
2,345 222 205 173 173 195 195 169 156
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
204 201 135 170 218 230 218 234 -

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


At a place called La Grande Abbaye there is a natural camping ground.

Sites and Monuments

  • The Parish church of Saint-Radegonde dates from the 17th century. It contains three items which are registered as historical objects:
  • A Lavoir (Public laundry): a concert venue (for the choir).
  • La Forte Main, north of Saint-Amator, where counterfeit coins were once made.

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, the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes 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.


  1. Inhabitants of Calvados (French)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Google Maps
  3. 3.0 3.1 Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, Etymylogical Dictionary of place names in France, Larousse, Paris, 1963 (French)
  4. René Lepelley, Etymological Dictionary of commune names in Normandy, Éditions Charles Corlet, Condé-sur-Noireau, 1996, ISBN 978-2-905461-80-3, p. 50 (French)
  5. Communal Notices - Arganchy, and Saint-Amator pages consulted on 10 October 2009 (French).
  6. List of Mayors of France (French)
  7. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM14000088 Tabernacle (French)
  8. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM14000010 Retable (French)
  9. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM14000009 Altar, Tabernacle, and Retable (French)