Puilaurens

Puilaurens (also non-officially: Lapradelle-Puilaurens, Occitan: La Pradèla de Puèglhaurenç) is a commune in the Aude department in southern France.

Puilaurens
A general view of Puilaurens
A general view of Puilaurens
Coat of arms of Puilaurens
Coat of arms
Location of Puilaurens
Puilaurens is located in France
Puilaurens
Puilaurens
Puilaurens is located in Occitanie
Puilaurens
Puilaurens
Coordinates: 42°48′38″N 2°18′21″E / 42.8106°N 2.3058°E / 42.8106; 2.3058Coordinates: 42°48′38″N 2°18′21″E / 42.8106°N 2.3058°E / 42.8106; 2.3058
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentAude
ArrondissementLimoux
CantonLa Haute-Vallée de l'Aude
IntercommunalityCanton of Axat
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacques Galy
Area
1
33.38 km2 (12.89 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
271
 • Density8.1/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
11302 /11140
Elevation399–1,420 m (1,309–4,659 ft)
(avg. 424 m or 1,391 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It includes the hamlets of Lapradelle, Puilaurens and Lavignac. It is known for the medieval Puilaurens Castle.

GeographyEdit

The commune is situated on the Boulzane river and the Green Meridian.

HistoryEdit

The built-up area of Lapradelle did not exist until the 19th century and owes its development to activities related to water power taken from the Boulzane: textile spinning and sawmills.

In 1904, a railway was constructed from Quillan to Rivesaltes (the Carcassonne - Rivesaltes Line) passing through Lapradelle on a viaduct spanning the valley of the Boulzane. The line carried passengers until 1939. Afterwards it was used to transport feldspar between the Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales, the railway line is today used in the summer for a tourist train, running between Axat and Rivesaltes.

In 1868, Puilaurens lost the hamlets of Salvezines and Caunil, established as the separate commune of Salvezines.

PopulationEdit

Its inhabitants are called Puilaurenois.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962324—    
1968378+16.7%
1975257−32.0%
1982222−13.6%
1990219−1.4%
1999236+7.8%
2006252+6.8%
2007254+0.8%
2012265+4.3%
2015266+0.4%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.