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The old Lavoir at Basly
The old Lavoir at Basly
Basly is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Canton Creully
Intercommunality Cœur de Nacre
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Yves Gauquelain
Area1 3.92 km2 (1.51 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 1,093
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14044 / 14610
Elevation 18–62 m (59–203 ft)
(avg. 70 m or 230 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.

Basly 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 Basliens or Basliennes.[2]


Basly is located some 6 km south-east of Courseulles-sur-Mer and 10 km north-west of Caen. Access to the commune is by the D79 road from Bény-sur-Mer in the north-east which passes through the village and continues south-east to Colomby-sur-Thaon. The D83 comes from Douvres-la-Délivrande in the north-east through the village then south-west to Thaon. The D404 passes through the north-east corner of the commune and the D141 from Fontaine-Henry to Colomby-sur-Thaon passes through the south-west corner. The commune is entirely farmland.[3][4]

The Mue river forms the border of the south-western corner of the commune as it twists around then flows north-west to join the Seulles at Reviers.[3][4]


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Neighbouring communes and villages



At a place called Campagne in the commune (near the Moto-Club) many archaeological remains have been found. This is on a spur blocked by the valley of the Mue. The most famous remains are those of a habitat from the first Iron Age (the Hallstatt culture) with an associated rectangular necropolis. There is archaeological evidence of a Neolithic stockade in medieval times.

Basly appears as Basly on the 1750 Cassini Map[5] and the same on the 1790 version.[6]


Basly Town Hall

List of Successive Mayors[7]

From To Name Party Position
1800 1844 Louis
1860 1879 Paisant
1879 1891 Viel
1894 1896 Maillard
1894 1896 Viel
1896 1903 Legras
1903 1904 Marie
1942 1953 Leboucher
1953 1959 Marie
1959 1965 Leboucher
1965 1971 Marie
1971 1979 Vauvert
1979 1983 Coutard
1983 1989 Lemarchand
1989 2008 François Oudin
2008 2020[8] Yves Gauquelain Retired

(Not all data is known)

The Municipal Council is composed of 15 members including the Mayor and 4 deputies.[9]


In 2010 the commune had 1093 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
511 500 546 518 444 466 439 427 440
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
446 448 385 370 389 377 343 326 285
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
263 269 252 217 202 211 213 241 258
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
237 272 383 672 633 657 1,093 -

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

Population of Basly

Culture and heritage

Religious heritage

The Church bell tower

The Church of Saint Georges Bell Tower (12th century)Logo monument historique - rouge sans texte.svg is registered as an historical monument.[10]

Festivals and events

The Town Hall garden


  • The Football Club of Basly has two soccer teams in district divisions.[11]
  • The 'Moto Club was created in 1977 and has a motocross circuit and a driving school.[12]

Notable people linked to the commune

  • Déodat de Basly (1862 at Basly - 1937), religious and Franciscan theologian.

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 and 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 in 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.


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