Orival, Seine-Maritime

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Orival is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Rouen
Canton Elbeuf
Intercommunality CREA
 • Mayor (2001 - 2008) Jean-Louis Tailleux
Area1 9.55 km2 (3.69 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 990
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 76486 / 76500
Elevation 2–131 m (6.6–429.8 ft)
(avg. 17 m or 56 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.

Orival is a commune in the Seine-Maritime departement in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France.


A village surrounded by woodland and situated by the banks and cliffs of the river Seine, just 12 miles (19 km) south of Rouen at the junction of the D938, D64 and the D132 roads.


The history of the town goes back to Neolithic times, as proved by the finds of stone-age tools and mammoth bones in the numerous large caves and the cliffs of the area.
The Romans also left traces of their passing, with the remains of a fanum visible on one of the hills.
King Richard I of England (the Lion Heart) was very active in the region, erecting a castle here in 1195. Unfortunately, his brother John of England (known as John Lackland), couldn’t hold on to the territory and the building was already a ruin by 1203.


Arms of Orival
The arms of Orival are blazoned :
Azure, a base azure, on which a mount from which issuant a tower argent and 2 trees proper, and on a chief gules a leopard Or.


Population history
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
1100 1164 1132 926 1004 1071 990
Starting in 1962: Population without duplicates

Places of interest

  • The church of St.Georges, dating from the fifteenth century.
  • The ruins of the thirteenth century castle of Roche-Fouet.

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