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Saint-Wandrille-Rançon is located in France
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Country France
Region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Rouen
Canton Caudebec-en-Caux
Intercommunality Caux-Vallée de Seine
 • Mayor Annic Dessaux
Area1 18.11 km2 (6.99 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,196
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 76659 / 76490
Elevation 2–122 m (6.6–400.3 ft)
(avg. 16 m or 52 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.

Saint-Wandrille-Rançon is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in north west France.


A village of farming and forestry situated by the banks of the Seine, some 18 miles (29 km) north-west of Rouen at the junction of the D22, D33 and the D982 roads. Until 1960, the Pont de Brotonne was the first bridging point of the Seine. Today it carries the D490 over the river.


Arms of Saint-Wandrille-Rançon
The arms of Saint-Wandrille-Rançon are blazoned:
Vert, a pall wavy Argent between one mill wheel and two fleurs-de-lys Or.

Places of interest

It is celebrated for the ruins of its Benedictine abbey, the Abbey of St. Wandrille of Fontenelle Abbey. The abbey church belongs to the 13th and 14th centuries; portions of the nave walls supported by flying buttresses are standing, and the windows and vaulting of the side aisles are in fair preservation. The church is joined to cloisters from which an interesting door of the Renaissance period opens into the refectory. Beside this entrance is a richly ornamented lavabo of the Renaissance period. The refectory is a room over 100 ft. long and lit by graceful windows of the same period. The abbey was founded in the 7th century by Saint Wandrille, aided by donations from Clovis II. It soon became renowned for learning and piety. In the 13th century it was burnt down, and rebuilding was not completed till the beginning of the 16th century. Later in the same century it was practically destroyed by the Huguenots, and again the restoration was not finished for more than a hundred years. The demolition of the church began at the time of the Revolution but stopped in 1832.


Historical population of Saint-Wandrille-Rançon
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 1061 1106 1261 1184 1151 1172 1196
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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