Poix-Terron (French pronunciation: ​[pwa tɛʁɔ̃]) is a commune located in the department of Ardennes, in the Grand Est (lit. "Great East") region of France.

Poix-Terron
The church in Poix-Terron
The church in Poix-Terron
Coat of arms of Poix-Terron
Location of Poix-Terron
Poix-Terron is located in France
Poix-Terron
Poix-Terron
Poix-Terron is located in Grand Est
Poix-Terron
Poix-Terron
Coordinates: 49°38′59″N 4°38′27″E / 49.6497°N 4.6408°E / 49.6497; 4.6408Coordinates: 49°38′59″N 4°38′27″E / 49.6497°N 4.6408°E / 49.6497; 4.6408
CountryFrance
RegionGrand Est
DepartmentArdennes
ArrondissementCharleville-Mézières
CantonNouvion-sur-Meuse
IntercommunalityCrêtes Préardennaises
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean-Marie Oudard
Area
1
14.26 km2 (5.51 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
864
 • Density61/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
08341 /08430
Elevation171–299 m (561–981 ft)
(avg. 178 m or 584 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

Two villages belong to the commune: Poix, and the churchless Terron-les-Poix. Poix became Poix-Terron in 1897. Poix is located on the N51, 18km from Charleville-Mézières, and 28km from Rethel. Terron is located 1.5km from Poix on the D27.

The railway station in Poix-Terron is on the Soissons–Givet railway between Reims and Charleville-Mézières. The station was reopened on 1 October 2011.[2]

HistoryEdit

The town has suffered during religious wars: there was a fire in the village and castle in 1641, and a siege of the church on 8 July 1651.[citation needed] King Louis XIV passed through on 25 June and 7 August 1654.

On 30 August 1870, during the Franco-German war, the Affaire de Poix (The Poix Case, lit. "Poix Affair") occurred, involving the 42nd infantry regiment.

On 14 May 1940, a breach, 8km in length, occurred between Poix-Terron and Baâlons in the French line of defence. A battalion of Spahis attempted to close the breach and held against the Germans in the battle of the Horgne.

Politics and AdministrationEdit

List of successive mayors
Period Name
March 2001 March 2008 René Chevalier
March 2008 March 2014 Jean-Claude Nemery
March 2014 present Jean-Marie Oudard

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962665—    
1968693+4.2%
1975648−6.5%
1982679+4.8%
1990736+8.4%
1999804+9.2%
2008832+3.5%

In 2017, the commune was counted as having 819 inhabitants, a decrease of 2.62% compared to 2012. (Ardennes: -3.25%; France excluding Mayotte: +2.36%)

Places and MonumentsEdit

  • The Roman Catholic church of Saint-Martin of Poix-Terron, built in white stone, is a historical monument, registered as such on 19 July 1926.[3] The bell, which dates from 1599, is classified as a historical monument. In 2008, the stained-glass windows were restored and a new window depicting Saint Martin was added.
  • The Monument to the Dead in front of the town hall.

Famous people from the CommuneEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Station Inauguration (fr)" (PDF). rff.fr.
  3. ^ "Eglise". www.pop.culture.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2020-06-14.