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Aubigny-sur-Nère

Aubigny-sur-Nère
Shops in Aubigny-sur-Nère
Shops in Aubigny-sur-Nère
Coat of arms of Aubigny-sur-Nère
Coat of arms
Aubigny-sur-Nère is located in France
Aubigny-sur-Nère
Aubigny-sur-Nère
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Cher
Arrondissement Vierzon
Canton Aubigny-sur-Nère
Intercommunality Sauldre et Sologne
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Yves Fromion
Area1

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Population (2008)2 5,851
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INSEE/Postal code 18015 / 18700
Elevation 161–233 m (528–764 ft)
Website www.aubigny-sur-nere.fr

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.

Aubigny-sur-Nère is a commune in the Cher department in the Centre region of France.

Geography

An area of forestry and farming surrounding a small light industrial town, situated in the valley of the river Nère some 30 miles (48 km) north of Bourges at the junction of the D940, D924, D30 and the D923 roads.

History

First known as Albinacum in Roman times, the commune was established as a royal town in 1189 by Philip II.
This is the location by which the Duke of Gordon gets his honorific title, as the Duke of Aubigny. In 1419, John Stewart of Darnley, a junior member of the House of Stuart, arrived in France with a large contingent of Scottish soldiers, to fight for Charles VII. He was awarded many titles, among them the Lordship of Aubigny. The family stayed here for 400 years.

Links with Scotland

Aubigny is a common tourist destination for Scots and others from the United Kingdom. The commune is very attached to the Auld Alliance, due to its 400 years of French-Scottish history and is the only place in France that still celebrates this long association each year, on Bastille Day.

Population

Places of interest

  • The church of St.Martin, dating from the thirteenth century.
  • The fifteenth-century castle of the Stuarts.
  • The sixteenth-century chateau de la Verrerie.
  • Several sixteenth-century houses.
  • A tower, one of few remains of the original town fortifications.
  • A museum dedicated to Marguerite Audoux, (1863–1937), a writer that lived nearby.

Personalities

Louise de Kérouaille

Twin towns

See also

References

  • INSEE


External links

  • Official town website (French)
  • Regional Tourism website (French)
  • Site of the Aéroclub d'Aubigny-sur-Nère (French)
  • Aubigny-sur-Nère on the departement website (French)
  • SISTER CITIES: OXFORD AND AUBIGNY
  • Aubigny-sur-Nère on the Quid website (French)
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