SOME BASIC INFORMATION

There are about 36,500 communes in France with a median population of 380 and a median area of 10,730 hectares.

Each commune has its mayor and local council.

The commune of Grandrif (63600) covers an area of 2,200 hectares with the village (Le Bourg) and about 20 surrounding hamlets. These range in size from several houses permanently occupied to one or two houses occupied only in the summer or not at all.

Grandrif has a stable population of about 200, although this increases considerably in the summer when many folk come to their holiday homes.

- L'altitude of the mairie of Grandrif is 768 mètres
- L'altitude minimum of Grandrif is 679 mètres
- L'altitude maximum of Grandrif is 1 424 mètres


Be warned, there is another hamlet with the same name about 11 miles south of us)

It takes us about 15 minutes to get Ambert where it is possible to buy pretty well anything you need.

Our village has a school, a town hall and an auberge where meals and beverages can be obtained and basic groceries are available. It also houses a sub-post office.



We boast our own hydro-electric power station. The village is reputedly named after the big stream (Grand Rivus) which gurgles, sometimes rushes, through the village on its way to the Atlantic after it joins the Loire.

Like many other rural communes, there has been a steady decline in the population from a peak of almost 1600 in the middle of the nineteenth century. The biggest single decline was occasioned by WW1 when many local men were killed or severely injured.

Right up to WW2, the village had several bakeries, butchers and grocers. There were at least six hotels and restaurants surrounding the square. There was a tailor and a shop selling hats and haberdashery . Six workshops were turning out clogs of various types. There were four active flour, oil and sawmills