Héricourt, Haute-Saône

Héricourt (French pronunciation: [eʁikuʁ]) is a commune in the Haute-Saône department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France. Héricourt is the second most populated commune in the department after Vesoul. The town is part of the functional area of Montbéliard,[3] but is also close to Belfort.

Coat of arms of Héricourt
Location of Héricourt
Héricourt is located in France
Héricourt is located in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coordinates: 47°34′42″N 6°45′44″E / 47.5783°N 6.7622°E / 47.5783; 6.7622
CantonHéricourt-1 and 2
IntercommunalityCC du pays d'Héricourt
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Fernand Burkhalter[1]
21.04 km2 (8.12 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2020)[2]
 • Density500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
70285 /70400
Elevation320–541 m (1,050–1,775 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Héricourt is linked to the little villages of Brévilliers, Chagey, Champey, Chenebier, Coisevaux, Couthenans, Echenans sous Mont-Vaudois, Etobon, Luze, Mandrevillars, Saulnot, Trémoins, Verlans, Villers-sur-Saulnot, Vyans-le-Val and they form the Communauté de communes du pays d'Héricourt. On 1 January 2019, the former commune Tavey was merged into Héricourt.[4]

Population edit

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 8,237—    
1975 8,853+1.04%
1982 10,374+2.29%
1990 10,079−0.36%
1999 10,463+0.42%
2007 10,860+0.47%
2012 10,669−0.35%
2017 10,601−0.13%
Source: INSEE[5]

Culture and Heritage edit

Monuments edit

  • The "Grosse tour" is the only tower which remains, a vestige of the medieval castle. In the courtyard, one can still access the old well, and the storeroom has been converted into a receiving room.
  • The Lutheran church of Saint-Christophe is quite important to the history of Héricourt because it shows the passing of the Wurtemberg's Dukes, just as in Montbéliard.
  • The Minal Museum was named after Emile Minal, a man who lived in the city and who had accumulated many works of art. When he died, his wife donated his collection of art to the city. The Museum hosts many temporary expositions
  • The factory's chimney remains to remind us of the ancient industry of weaving.
  • The fountain of "Savourot" is quite particular because of his half-circle shape. More recently, the city has decided to raze to the ground the house which obstructed the view to the fountain.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2020". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2022.
  3. ^ Commune d'Héricourt (70285), INSEE
  4. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 19 October 2018 (in French)
  5. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE