Rochefourchat

Rochefourchat (French pronunciation: ​[ʁɔʃ.fuʁʃa]) is a commune in the Drôme department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. In the commune there is a single house, a converted barn, and the ruins of an old castle. The nearest communes to Rochefourchat are Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, Les Tonils, Pradelle, and Brette.

Rochefourchat
The church of Saint-Pierre
The church of Saint-Pierre
Location of Rochefourchat
Rochefourchat is located in France
Rochefourchat
Rochefourchat
Rochefourchat is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Rochefourchat
Rochefourchat
Coordinates: 44°35′58″N 5°14′53″E / 44.5994°N 5.2481°E / 44.5994; 5.2481Coordinates: 44°35′58″N 5°14′53″E / 44.5994°N 5.2481°E / 44.5994; 5.2481
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentDrôme
ArrondissementDie
CantonLe Diois
IntercommunalityDiois
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Martigny[1]
Area
1
12.74 km2 (4.92 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
1
 • Density0.078/km2 (0.20/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
26274 /26340
Elevation600–1,513 m (1,969–4,964 ft)
(avg. 963 m or 3,159 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

HistoryEdit

In 1178, the castle of Rocha Forcha was built by the bishops of the arrondissement of Die as a stronghold against the Holy Roman Emperors. It belonged to French lords until the year 1766 when the last one, Lord Rey de Noinville, died. In 1796, a French trader, Pierre Jossaud bought the land surrounding the castle and renamed it Rochefourchat. The commune has been passed down through Jossaud's family.

PopulationEdit

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20061—    
20071+0.0%
20081+0.0%
20091+0.0%
20101+0.0%
20111+0.0%
20121+0.0%
20131+0.0%
20141+0.0%
20151+0.0%
20161+0.0%

There is only one permanent inhabitant. This does not, however, make Rochefourchat the least populous French commune, as there are six communes without any inhabitant: they were destroyed and abandoned during World War I, and maintained as administrative subdivisions for memorial reasons.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.

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