Bazoches-sur-Vesles (also spelt Bazoches-sur-Vesle "Vesle" without an "s" was officially abandoned[2][3]) -before 1943 Bazoches- is a French commune in the department of Aisne in the Hauts-de-France region of northern France.

Town Hall
Location of Bazoches-sur-Vesle
Coordinates: 49°18′28″N 3°37′10″E
IntercommunalityVal de l'Aisne
  Mayor (2014-2020) Nicolas Demoury
9.49 km2 (3.66 sq mi)
  Density49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
02054 /02220
Elevation52–174 m (171–571 ft)
(avg. 58 m or 190 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Bazoches-sur-Vasles is located some 25 km east by south-east of Soissons and 30 km west by north-west of Rheims. It is traversed from east to west by National Route N31 (E46) passing just north of the village. The village can be accessed off the N31 on road D83 which continues south-west to Mont-Notre-Dame. The D484 branches east off the D83 to Saint-Thibaut. The commune is served by the SNCF railway line from Paris (Gare de l'Est) - La Ferte-Milon - Reims with a station just south of the village. The eastern border of the commune is also the border between Aisne and Marne departments. The commune is mostly farmland with scattered patches of forest.[4]

The Vesle river forms part of the southern border of the commune before flowing west through the commune then forming the western border and continuing on to join the Aisne near Condé-sur-Aisne. There are several lakes or reservoirs to the west of the town.[4]

Neighbouring communes and villages[4]


The Roman Prefects of Gaul had a palace in the area[5]

Bazoches-sur-Vesle was the site of intense combat between American and German troops during the Vesle campaign of the First World War, in July–August 1918.


List of Successive Mayors of Bazoches-sur-Vesles[6]

20012008Hervé GironnayDVG
20082014Denis Yvanes
2014PresentNicolas DemouryDVD

(Not all data is known)


Historical population

Culture and heritage

Civil heritage

The commune has a number of buildings and structures that are registered as historical monuments:

  • An old Chateau (13th century)[7]

Religious heritage

The Parish Church of Saint Peter (12th century) is registered as an historical monument.[8][9] It contains many items that are registered as historical objects:

  • A Baptismal bowl[10]
  • 2 Tombstones for Anne de Linanges (1560), wife of Claude de Boussu, and for Nicolas de Boussu (1572)[11]
  • A Tombstone and carved effigy of Anne de Linanges (1560)[12]
  • A Baptismal font (12th century)[13]
  • A Tombstone and carved effigy of Nicolas de Boussu (1573)[14]
  • The Furniture in the Church[15]
  • The Retable in the niche of the Altar of the Virgin (18th century)[16]
  • A Chalice (19th century)[17]
  • A Chasse of Saint Rufin or Saint Valère (19th century)[18]
  • A Stoup (16th century)[19]
  • An Altar Painting: Saint évêque (18th century)[20]
  • A Statue: Sainte-Barbe (16th century)[21]
  • A Statue: The Virgin (16th century)[22]
  • A Statue: Virgin and child (18th century)[23]
  • A Mosaic: Annunciation (20th century)[24]
  • The main Altar Retable and Sacristy Enclosure (17th century)[25]

See also

Notes and references



    1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
    2. INSEE (in French)
    3. The 1959 edition of the "National Dictionary of Communes of France" mentioned Bazoches-sur-Vesle but the edition of 1992 had Bazoches-sur-Vesles.
    4. Google Maps
    5. Dezobry and Bachelet, Dictionary of Biography, t.1, Ch. Delagrave, 1876, p.246 (in French)
    6. List of Mayors of France (in French)
    7. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00115520 Chateau (in French)
    8. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée IA02002134 Parish Church of Saint Peter (in French)
    9. Ministry of Culture, Mérimée PA00115521 Parish Church of Saint Peter (in French)
    10. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000073 Baptismal bowl (in French)
    11. Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM02000072 2 Tombstones for Anne de Linanges, wife of Claude de Boussu, and for Nicolas de Boussu (in French)
    12. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004538 Tombstone and carved effigy of Anne de Linanges (in French)
    13. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004507 Baptismal font (in French)
    14. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004506 Tombstone and carved effigy of Nicolas de Boussu (in French)
    15. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004457 Furniture in the Church (in French)
    16. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004259 Retable in the niche of the Altar of the Virgin (in French)
    17. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004250 Chalice (in French)
    18. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004249 Chasse of Saint Rufin or Saint Valère (in French)
    19. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004168 Stoup (in French)
    20. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004167 Altar Painting: Saint évêque (in French)
    21. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004166 Statue: Sainte-Barbe (in French)
    22. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004165 Statue: The Virgin (in French)
    23. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004164 Statue: Virgin and child (in French)
    24. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004163 Mosaic: Annunciation (in French)
    25. Ministry of Culture, Palissy IM02004162 Main Altar Retable and Sacristy Enclosure (in French)
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