Amifontaine

Amifontaine is a commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France.

Amifontaine
The Town Hall
Location of Amifontaine
Amifontaine
Amifontaine
Coordinates: 49°29′01″N 3°55′09″E
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentAisne
ArrondissementLaon
CantonGuignicourt
IntercommunalityChampagne Picarde
Government
  Mayor (2014-2020) Denis Serin
Area
1
27.9 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
422
  Density15/km2 (39/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
02013 /02190
Elevation64–119 m (210–390 ft)
(avg. 80 m or 260 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Amifontenois or Amifontenoisess[2]

Geography

Amifontaine is located some 20 km south-east of Laon and 40 km north-west of Rheims. The Autoroute des Anglais (A25, E17) passes through the western side of the commune from north to south but has no exit in the commune. Access to the commune is by road D52 from Ramecourt in the north-west through the commune to the village and continuing south-east to Prouvais. There is also road D89 from La Malmaison in the north-east through the village to Juvincourt-et-Damary in the south-west. The D24 road also passes through the north of the commune from west to east forming the southern border of a large forested area extending beyond the northern border of the commune. The commune is almost entirely farmland except for the forested area in the north.[3]

La Source a l'Aisne rises north of the village and flows south-west joining La Miette stream which flows south to join the Aisne river near Pontavert.[3]

Neighbouring communes and villages[3]

Administration

List of Successive Mayors of Amifontaine[4]

FromToNamePartyPosition
20012014Philippe BonnetDVG
2014PresentDenis Serin

(Not all data is known)

History

From 8 December 1939 to 16 May 1940 No. 12 Squadron RAF was stationed at an airstrip in Amifontaine.[5] On 12 May 1940 a mission was flown from Amifontaine to destroy two bridges over the Albert Canal. Only one out of five aircraft returned. Flying Officer Garland and Sergeant Gray were both awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses for "most conspicuous bravery".[6]

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
2004387    
2006395+2.1%
2007404+2.3%
2008413+2.2%
2009422+2.2%
2010418−0.9%
2011416−0.5%
2012415−0.2%
2013414−0.2%
2014413−0.2%
2015413+0.0%
2016413+0.0%

Sites and monuments

  • Saint-Rémi Church

See also

Notes and references

Notes

    References

    1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
    2. Inhabitants of Aisne (in French)
    3. Google Maps
    4. List of Mayors of France (in French)
    5. History of War
    6. London Gazette No. 34870, 11 June 1940 Read online
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