Barbery, Calvados

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The old Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame
The old Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame
Coat of arms of Barbery
Coat of arms
Barbery is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Bretteville-sur-Laize
Intercommunality Cingal
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Guy Pislard
Area1 8.6 km2 (3.3 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 729
 • Density 85/km2 (220/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14039 / 14220
Elevation 77–193 m (253–633 ft)
(avg. 285 m or 935 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.

Barbery is a French commune in the Calvados department in the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France.[1]

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Barberigeois or Barberigeoises.[2]


The Lavoir (Public laundry) at Mesnil-Touffray

Barbery is located some 18 km south by south-east of Caen and 10 km east by north-east of Thury-Harcourt. Access to the commune is by the D131 road from Croisilles in the south-west which passes through the heart of the commune and the village before continuing north-east to Urville. The D23 comes from Cesny-Bois-Halbout in the south and passes through the village before continuing north to join Route nationale N158 at Saint-Aignan-de-Cramesnil. The D156A goes south-east from the village to Moulines. The D237 branches off the D131 in the east of the commune and goes south-east to join the D167 east of the commune. Apart from the village there are the hamlets of L'Abbaye, Faverolles, Le Londel, and Le Mesnil Touffray. The commune is entirely farmland.[3][4]

The Ruisseau du Val Clair rises north of the village and flows north to join the Laize at Bretteville-sur-Laize. The Ruisseau de Corneville also rises north of the village, east of the Ruisseau du Val Clair, and flows north to join the Laize at Les Écluses.[3]


A list of online mapping systems can be displayed by clicking on the coordinates (latitude and longitude) in the top right hand corner of this article. None of these maps, however, show the extent of nor any information on the commune.

Neighbouring communes and villages[3]


During early medieval times Barbery and its abbey were under the control of the de Livet family.[5]

Barbery appears as Barbery on the 1750 Cassini Map[6] and the same on the 1790 version.[7]


Arms of Barbery

Azure, semy of billety Argent.


List of Successive Mayors[8]

From To Name Party Position
1997 2001 Ferdinand Lecouvey
2001 2014 Alain Crocqueville
2014 2020 Guy Pislard

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 729 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)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
795 601 680 666 647 617 633 755 759
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
728 686 666 600 599 590 569 539 490
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
465 488 416 455 419 429 435 391 431
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
417 390 366 497 500 524 613 729 -

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

Population of Barbery

Culture and heritage

Civil heritage

The commune has many buildings and sites that are registered as historical monuments:

  • The Petite-Abbaye Industrial Cheese Factory (20th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[9]
  • Farmhouses (19th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[10]
  • A Chateau at Mesnil-Aumont (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[11]
  • A Manor/Chateau at Mesnil-Touffray (15th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[12]
  • The Old Abbey Manor at Faverolles (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[13]

Religious heritage

The old Abbey

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

  • The old Cistercian Abbey of Notre-Dame of Barbery (12th century) founded by Robert Marmion in 1181.[14]
  • The Parish Church of Saint Peter (13th century).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[15] The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:
  • A Presbytery (18th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[22]
  • The Parish Church of Saint Martin at Mesnil-Touffray (13th century).Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg[23] The Church contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

See also

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. Barbery on Lion1906
  2. Inhabitants of Calvados (French)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Barbery on Google Maps
  4. Barbery on the Géoportail from National Geographic Institute (IGN) website (French)
  5. Mémoires By Société des antiquaires de Normandie, 1837
  6. Barbery on the 1750 Cassini Map
  7. Barbery on the 1790 Cassini Map
  8. List of Mayors of France (French)
  9. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00051643 Petite-Abbaye Industrial Cheese Factory (French)
  10. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000144 Farmhouse/Mill at Moulin de Roinet IA00000143 Farmhouse at La Giblonnière IA00000142 Farmhouse at Le Tremblay IA00000141 Chateau Farmhouse at Mesnil-Aumont IA00000136 Louvre Farmhouse IA00000132 Houses and Farms (French)
  11. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000140 Chateau at Mesnil-Aumont (French)
  12. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000138 Manor/Chateau at Mesnil-Touffray (French)
  13. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000134 Old Abbey Manor at Faverolles (French)
  14. Nichols, John (1786). Some account of the alien priories, and of such lands as they are known to have possessed in England and Wales. London: J. Nichols.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000137 Parish Church of Saint Peter (French)
  16. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000960 Virgin and child (No. 2) IM14000959 Saint Benoît IM14000958 Virgin and child (No. 1) (French)
  17. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000957 Green Sofa, Armchair, and 2 Chairs (French)
  18. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000956 Stoup (French)
  19. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000955 Baptismal font (French)
  20. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000954 Altar and Tabernacle (French)
  21. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000953 4 Stained glass windows (French)
  22. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000135 Presbytery (French)
  23. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA00000139 Cistercian Parish Church of Saint Martin at Mesnil-Touffray (French)
  24. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM14000037 Virgin and child IM14000972 Nicolas Poret IM14000971 Virgin and child (French)
  25. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000970 Pulpit (French)
  26. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000968 Baptismal font (French)
  27. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000967 Altar, Tabernacle, and Retable (French)
  28. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000965 Gauquelin Family (2) IM14000964 Poret Family (3) IM14000963 Clacy Family IM14000962 Charles de Lalongny (French)
  29. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM14000961 Monument to Charles de Lalongny (French)