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Title: Hauteville-la-Guichard  
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Subject: Communes of the Manche department, Hauteville, Arrondissement of Coutances, Serlo I of Hauteville, Hauteville family
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Coordinates: 49°07′38″N 1°18′02″W / 49.1272°N 1.3006°W / 49.1272; -1.3006Coordinates: 49°07′38″N 1°18′02″W / 49.1272°N 1.3006°W / 49.1272; -1.3006

Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Coutances
Canton Saint-Sauveur-Lendelin
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du canton de Saint-Sauveur-Lendelin
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Eude
 • Land1 11.98 km2 (4.63 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 425
 • Population2 density 35/km2 (92/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50232 / 50570
Elevation 11–111 m (36–364 ft)
(avg. 75 m or 246 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.

Hauteville-la-Guichard is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France (population: 425 in 2006).

It is famous as the original stronghold of the Hauteville family who made their fortunes in southern Italy and Sicily as the Norman kings of Sicily, beginning with the modest Norman seigneur Tancred of Hauteville, who is commemorated by a simple exhibit housed in the former presbytère.


The Hauteville family is said to descend from Hiallt, a Norseman who is said to have settled in the Cotentin and founded the village of Hialtus Villa (Hauteville) in 920, the later family's toponym coming from this town.[1][2] From just which village of Hauteville the family drew its name is hard to identify with certainty, though modern scholarship favours Hauteville-la-Guichard.

See also


External links

  • Musée Tancred de Hauteville
  • Hauteville-la-Guichard: official website (French)
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