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Vassy, Yonne

Vassy is located in France
Country France
Region Burgundy
Department Yonne
Arrondissement Avallon
Canton Guillon
Area1 7.45 km2 (2.88 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 85
 • Density 11/km2 (30/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 89431 / 89420
Elevation 264–377 m (866–1,237 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Vassy is a commune in the Yonne department in Burgundy in north-central France.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Mayors 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The town is built on the summit of a 310 m high conical hill or monticule.


The ancient route from Paris to Lyon passed through Vassy, and in the 13th century we find a mention of the town, under the name of Vasseium. In 1786 investigations were made into the possibility of coal mining here. In the 19th century the town gained a train station on the Auxerre-Avallon line, thanks to the factory of Honoré Gariel. He and his brother Hippolyte had created a company or Société able to produce hydraulic lime.
" A depot was founded in Paris; the cement, named from then on Ciment romain de Vassy, was employed by considerable businesses, and made the Société's fortune, though Honoré Gariel had by then ceased to take a part in the Société."[1]

A modest hamlet previously dependent on Étaule, Vassy would thus become — with an influx of blue-collar workers — a commune in its own right.

The hamlet surpassed the town's administrative center: The Gariel family endowed a town girls school (directed by the soeurs de la Providence, or sisters of Providence) with a chapel and a presbytery. As the population uniformly increased, a new church was begun in 1859 and finished in 1862.


From To Name Party
1904 1919 Auguste Legast
1919 1925 Charles Legast
1925 1929 Camille Gallon
1929 1944 Guy Verrier
1944 1945 Germain Genty
1945 1969 Emile Gallon
1969 1989 Roger Canat
1989 2008 Michelle Philipot

See also


  1. ^ (French) Victor Petit: Description des villes et campagnes du département de l'Yonne

External links

  • (French) Vassy on the Quid site
  • (French) Vassy and neigbhouring communes on a map of France
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