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Town hall
Town hall
Elbeuf is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Rouen
Canton Elbeuf
Intercommunality CREA
 • Mayor (2008 - 2014) Djoudé Merabet
Area1 16.32 km2 (6.30 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 17,494
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 76231 / 76500
Elevation 2–133 m (6.6–436.4 ft)
(avg. 50 m or 160 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.

Elbeuf is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France.


A light industrial town situated by the banks of the Seine some 11 miles (18 km) south of Rouen at the junction of the D7, D321 and the D313 roads. The commune’s territory is largely residential to the north but the southern section is covered by thick woodland. Its position by a meander of the Seine leaves the town susceptible to flooding.


The first written record of the town was in the 10th century, on a map of Richard I of Normandy, under the name "Wellebou". According to the Nuttall Encyclopedia of 1907, it had a flourishing manufacturing business in cloth, woollens, and similar items.


Arms of Elbeuf
The arms of Elbeuf are blazoned :
Per pale: 1 Or, a patriarchal cross gules issuant from a base, supporting a grapevine vert fructed purpure, 2 Azure, a beehive Or on a base vert, beset by bees Or.


Historical population of Elbeuf
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 18,988 19,407 19,116 17,224 16,604 16,666 17,494
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest

  • The mairie, also housing the museum.
  • Two seventeenth-century churches.
  • Some sixteenth-century houses.
  • A fifteenth-century stone cross.
  • The theatre (1890), renovated in the late twentieth century.
Place du Calvaire and the Tramway around 1900

Notable people

Twin towns

Germany Lingen, Germany

See also

Elbeuf - Quartier du Puchot


External links