Saint-Mesmin, Dordogne

Saint-Mesmin is a commune in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Saint-Mesmin
A general view of Saint-Mesmin
A general view of Saint-Mesmin
Coat of arms of Saint-Mesmin
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Mesmin
Saint-Mesmin is located in France
Saint-Mesmin
Saint-Mesmin
Saint-Mesmin is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Saint-Mesmin
Saint-Mesmin
Coordinates: 45°21′11″N 1°12′22″E / 45.3531°N 1.2061°E / 45.3531; 1.2061Coordinates: 45°21′11″N 1°12′22″E / 45.3531°N 1.2061°E / 45.3531; 1.2061
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentDordogne
ArrondissementNontron
CantonIsle-Loue-Auvézère
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Guy Bouchaud
Area
1
29.58 km2 (11.42 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
318
 • Density11/km2 (28/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
24464 /24270
Elevation182–415 m (597–1,362 ft)
(avg. 300 m or 980 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

GeographyEdit

The commune is located in the north-east corner of the Dordogne department, on a hill above the river Auvézère. The village is located 42 km (26 mi) north-east of Périgueux. The area consists of forests and farmland.

HistoryEdit

From the creation of the departments in 1790 Saint-Mesmin was first included in the Corrèze department. Three years later in 1793 it joined the Dordogne department.

PopulationEdit

The largest population that the census recorded was 1,168 in 1886. Since World War I, the population has gradually been declining.

YearPop.±%
1793 1,033—    
1800 961−7.0%
1806 864−10.1%
1821 1,102+27.5%
1831 1,007−8.6%
1836 1,054+4.7%
1841 1,098+4.2%
1846 1,122+2.2%
1851 1,159+3.3%
1856 1,080−6.8%
1861 1,140+5.6%
1866 1,143+0.3%
1872 1,075−5.9%
1876 1,082+0.7%
1881 1,088+0.6%
1886 1,168+7.4%
1891 1,107−5.2%
1896 1,122+1.4%
1901 1,106−1.4%
1906 1,124+1.6%
1911 1,115−0.8%
1921 951−14.7%
1926 889−6.5%
1931 808−9.1%
1936 792−2.0%
1946 708−10.6%
1954 633−10.6%
1962 461−27.2%
1968 534+15.8%
1975 455−14.8%
1982 393−13.6%
1990 324−17.6%
1999 284−12.3%
2008 270−4.9%

SightsEdit

  • The Auvézère has eroded a more than 100 meter deep gorge in limestone rock. There are footpaths through the gorge, offering access to the cascades.
  • The Puy des Ages is a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) long rocky ridge on the border of the communes of Saint-Cyr-les-Champagnes and St-Mesmin. Its maximum elevation is 415 m above sea level.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit