Barfleur

Barfleur is a commune in Manche, Normandy, northwestern France.

Barfleur
Barfleur harbour
Barfleur harbour
Location of Barfleur
Barfleur is located in France
Barfleur
Barfleur
Barfleur is located in Normandy
Barfleur
Barfleur
Coordinates: 49°40′16″N 1°15′48″W / 49.6711°N 1.2633°W / 49.6711; -1.2633Coordinates: 49°40′16″N 1°15′48″W / 49.6711°N 1.2633°W / 49.6711; -1.2633
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentManche
ArrondissementCherbourg
CantonVal-de-Saire
IntercommunalityCA Cotentin
Area
1
0.6 km2 (0.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
570
 • Density950/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
50030 /50760
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

HistoryEdit

During the Middle Ages, Barfleur was one of the chief ports of embarkation for England.[2]

  • 1944: Barfleur was occupied by the Germans during WWII. As allied forces approached following the D-Day invasion, the German commander evacuated the city prior to any confrontation to ensure that it would not be damaged, as he liked the city so much.

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1793896—    
18561,279+42.7%
18961,189−7.0%
1946977−17.8%
2009648−33.7%

GeographyEdit

About two miles (3.2 km) to the north is Cape Barfleur, with a lighthouse 233 ft (71 m) high.[2] It is twinned with Lyme Regis in the UK. A Brittany Ferries vessel is named after the village and operates from nearby Cherbourg-Octeville to Poole in the UK.

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Barfleur". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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