Bricquebec

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Bricquebec
Château de Bricquebec
Château de Bricquebec
Coat of arms of Bricquebec
Coat of arms
Bricquebec is located in France
Bricquebec
Bricquebec
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton Bricquebec
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Henri-Louis Védie (PR)
Area1 32.66 km2 (12.61 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 4,252
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50082 / 50260
Elevation 7–161 m (23–528 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.

Bricquebec, a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in northwestern France.

History

As revealed by the etymology of its name, the origin of Bricquebec (from the Scandinavian bekkr, a course of water; in turn from brekka, slope) is connected to the Viking colonisation of the Cotentin Peninsula at the beginning of the 10th century. Tradition attributes the foundation of the château to the Norman, Anslech. The dukes of Normandy made Bricquebec one of their strongholds.

Heraldry

Arms of Bricquebec
The arms of Bricquebec are blazoned :
Or, a lion vert armed and langued gules.



International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Bricquebec is twinned with:[1]

Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 4,266 —    
1800 4,000 −6.2%
1806 4,345 +8.6%
1821 4,349 +0.1%
1831 4,255 −2.2%
1836 4,414 +3.7%
1841 4,484 +1.6%
1846 4,504 +0.4%
1851 4,446 −1.3%
1856 3,988 −10.3%
1861 3,969 −0.5%
1866 3,779 −4.8%
1872 3,622 −4.2%
1876 3,667 +1.2%
1881 3,757 +2.5%
1886 3,647 −2.9%
1891 3,661 +0.4%
1896 2,761 −24.6%
1901 2,778 +0.6%
1906 2,817 +1.4%
1911 2,816 −0.0%
1921 2,536 −9.9%
1926 2,596 +2.4%
1931 2,604 +0.3%
1936 2,682 +3.0%
1946 2,882 +7.5%
1954 2,732 −5.2%
1962 2,873 +5.2%
1968 3,063 +6.6%
1975 3,142 +2.6%
1982 3,724 +18.5%
1990 4,363 +17.2%
1999 4,360 −0.1%
2009 4,252 −2.5%

Inhabitants are referred to as Bricquebétais.

Sights

  • Château (XIIe), with polygonal ramparts, towers and turret (historical monument class).
  • Château des Galleries (XVIe/XVIIe)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Cistercian) (XIXe)
  • Château Saint-Blaise (XVIIe/XIXe)

Events

  • Market every Monday morning
  • La Sainte Anne traditional fair on the last weekend in July

Personalities

  • Jean Le Marois (1776–1836), a general under Napoléon, député of la Manche.
  • Armand Le Véel (1821–1905), statue sculptor
  • Aristide Frémine (1837–1897), writer
  • Roger Lemerre, soccer player, born in 1941, selected for national team of France, 1998–2002
  • William Bertram Baron of Briquebec, 1012, father of Hugue (named de Roussel) who was appointed Marshal of England by King William I (Duke of Normandy)

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "National Commission for Decentralised cooperation". Délégation pour l’Action Extérieure des Collectivités Territoriales (Ministère des Affaires étrangères) (in French). Retrieved 2013-12-26. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 2013-07-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hudson, Jean. "Alresford Twinning Association". Retrieved 2013-07-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>