The Chapel of Saint Clair
Location within Lower Normandy region
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| • Mayor (2014–2020)
||5.63 km2 (2.17 sq mi)
| • Density
||67/km2 (170/sq mi)
||14037 / 14260
||84–184 m (276–604 ft)
(avg. 141 m or 463 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.
Banneville-sur-Ajon is a French commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France.
The inhabitants of the commune are known as Bannevillais or Bannevillaises.
Banneville-sur-Ajon is located some 20 km south-west of Caen and 7 km south-east of Villers-Bocage. Access to the commune is by the D121A from Saint-Agnan-le-Malherbe in the south which passes through the centre of the commune and the village and continues north to join the D8. The D171 from Landes-sur-Ajon to Préaux-Bocage passes through the north-east of the commune. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of La Fêterie in the south and Gournay in the north. The commune is almost all farmland.
The Ajon river flows through the commune from south-east to north-west continuing to join the Odon south-west of Le Locheur. The Orgeuil river rises in the south of the commune and flows north-east through the length of the commune to join the Ajon. The Ruisseau de la Rette flows from the south to join the Orgeuil.
Neighbouring communes and villages
Banneville-sur-Ajon was Barneville sur Ajon in 1371. René Lepelley attributed the origin of the name to the Germanic anthroponym Benno with the Old French suffix -ville meaning "rural domain".
List of Successive Mayors
(Not all data is known)
In 2010 the commune had 379 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 communes that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]
Population Change (See database)
Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)
Population of Banneville-sur-Ajon
Sites and monuments
The Church of Saint-Melaine
- The Chapel of Saint-Clair (13th century) is registered as an historical monument. The church is built on a simple rectangular plan. On the tympanum of the south portal there is a figure in bas-relief of Saint Samson on his throne, and inside is a statue of Saint Clair.
- The Church of Saint-Melaine is in neo-Gothic style from the late 19th century.
- A replica of the grotto of Lourdes was built at a place called Le Village at the end of the Second World War.
Chapel Picture Gallery
The Chapel of Saint Clair
The door handle of the Chapel
Notes and references
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Inhabitants of Calvados (French)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Google Maps
- ↑ Albert Dauzat and Charles Rostaing, Etymological Dictionary of place names in France, Larousse, Paris, 1963 (French)
- ↑ René Lepelley, Etymological Dictionary of names of communes in Normandy, Éditions Charles Corlet, Condé-sur-Noireau, 1996, BnF 36174448w, p. 58 (French)
- ↑ List of Mayors of France (French)
- ↑ Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00111031 Chapel of Saint-Clair (French)