Gournay-en-Bray is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in north-western France.

Tourism office
Tourism office
Coat of arms of Gournay-en-Bray
Coat of arms
Location of Gournay-en-Bray
Gournay-en-Bray is located in France
Gournay-en-Bray is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°28′53″N 1°43′29″E / 49.4814°N 1.7247°E / 49.4814; 1.7247Coordinates: 49°28′53″N 1°43′29″E / 49.4814°N 1.7247°E / 49.4814; 1.7247
IntercommunalityCC 4 rivières
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Éric Picard
10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
 • Density580/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
76312 /76220
Elevation84–133 m (276–436 ft)
(avg. 94 m or 308 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


A town of farming and light industry, it is situated in the Pays de Bray, some 50 km (31 mi) east of Rouen, at the junction of the N 31, the D 915 and the D 930 roads.
The commune's territory includes three former parish hamlets, near the confluence of the Epte with three other smaller rivers – the Morette, Auchy and Aulnaie.


Historical population of Gournay-en-Bray
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.


The arms of Gournay-en-Bray are blazoned:
Sable, an armed knight contourny maintaining in his right hand a lance argent, and in chief a fleur-de-lys Or.

The traditional armoury of the Counts of Gournay seems to have been Sable simple (a pure black shield with nothing on it), hence the sable field here.

Places of interestEdit

An 1820 engraving of some of the capitals in the church of St Hildevert
  • The Collegiate Church of Saint-Hildevert, built in the 12th century, is famous for its Romanesque capitals, ornate decoration and its ancient religious sculptures.
  • Vestiges of a 17th-century priory, now a farm
  • Ruins of a 12th-century Capuchin monastery
  • The chapel at the hamlet of Saint-Clair, built in 1829
  • A memorial fountain of the 18th century
  • The town gates and fortifications, dating from the 13th century
  • Traces of 10th-century fortifications
  • The 16th-century church of Saint-Jean-Batiste

International relationsEdit

  •  Hailsham, England

Gournay-en-Bray is twinned with Hailsham in the English County of East Sussex. Hailsham has a much larger population (circa 20,500 compared to Gournay-en-Bray's circa 6,500) but, according to Hailsham Town Council, "the features and facilities of both towns are quite similar".[2] A Twinning Charter[permanent dead link] was signed in Hailsham in October 2000 and in Gournay-en-Bray in February 2001, and renewed in both towns on its 10th anniversary.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ Page re twinning on web site of Hailsham Town Council Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Hailsham and District Twinning Association Archived 2013-10-06 at the Wayback Machine

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