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Le Puy, Gironde

Le Puy
Commune
Town hall
Town hall
Le Puy is located in France
Le Puy
Le Puy
Coordinates: 44°39′43″N 0°04′26″E / 44.6619°N 0.0739°E / 44.6619; 0.0739
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Langon
Canton Le Réolais et Les Bastides
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Eric Fellet
Area1 8.15 km2 (3.15 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 393
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 33345 /33580
Elevation 18–115 m (59–377 ft)
(avg. 27 m or 89 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.

Le Puy is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Le Puy lies 65 km (40 mi) from Bordeaux on the intersection of the D15 and the D16 and 1 km (0.62 mi) from Monségur across the river Dropt.

Economy

The economy is agricultural, with wheat, sunflowers and soya being grown in recent years to complement the more traditional plums and tobacco.

Church Sainte-Anne of Le Puy
Town hall of Le Puy

The locality produces the famous Entre deux mers wine.

Mill reservoirs can provide good fishing for roach, carp and pike.

The region is well known for its cèpes (boletus mushroom).

Geography

The town lies in the Dropt basin which covers nearly 1,500 km2 (580 sq mi) in Guyenne, from Quercy to the Bordelais. The river is an affluent of the right bank of the Gironde.

The alluvial plain of the Dropt is characterized by boulbène (a soil composed of clay and sand) terraces, rising to foothills of molasse (chalky sandstone sedimentary deposits) with a few hillocks or the edges of chalky plateaus.

History

The town was a halting place on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

The Sisters of St. Joseph were founded in Le Puy in 1650 by Jesuit Priest Jean Pierre Medaille.

The town lost 10 soldiers during World War I - see:

Population

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 372 —    
1968 366 −1.6%
1975 309 −15.6%
1982 257 −16.8%
1990 281 +9.3%
1999 290 +3.2%
2008 393 +35.5%

Its inhabitants are known as Puylots.

Sights

  • Valley of the Dropt industrial dairy 1945. Manufactures butter and milk powder;
  • Archives record three windmills at Saint-Batz;
  • Parish church of Saint Anne;
  • Friday market in Monségur, a 13th-century bastide (walled town).

See also

References

External links (all sites in French, unless otherwise indicated)

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