Coordinates: 49°31′38″N 0°43′37″E / 49.5272°N 0.7269°E / 49.5272; 0.7269
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Brotonne Bridge
Brotonne Bridge
Location of Caudebec-en-Caux
Caudebec-en-Caux is located in France
Caudebec-en-Caux is located in Normandy
Coordinates: 49°31′38″N 0°43′37″E / 49.5272°N 0.7269°E / 49.5272; 0.7269
4.93 km2 (1.90 sq mi)
 • Density460/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal code
Elevation1–116 m (3.3–380.6 ft)
(avg. 5 m or 16 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Caudebec-en-Caux (French pronunciation: [kodbɛk ɑ̃ ko], literally Caudebec in Caux) is a former commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune of Rives-en-Seine.[2]


Caudebec-en-Caux is located 27 miles (43 km) W.N.W. of Rouen, on the right bank of the River Seine. The tidal bore in the estuary of the Seine which is known as the mascaret in French, but locally as the barre, used to be well seen at this point. The development of the industrial polder towards Harfleur has changed the geometry of the estuary so that mascaret now seems to be a phenomenon of the past.

Since 1977 Caudebec has been served by the Pont de Brotonne, one of three bridges built across the Seine, downstream from Rouen since 1960, to replace the many ferries so making vehicular access between the Pays de Caux and the Autoroute A13 easier.


Caudebec is one of numerous places in Normandy having names which are clearly derived from a Scandinavian language. Caldebec Abt 1025 (like Caldbeck, Caldebeck 1060, Cumberland.) derives from the old Danish kaldr bekkr: cold stream, cold brook.

In May 1592 during the French Wars of Religion Caudebec had been taken by Spanish and French Catholic League forces of Duke of Parma but was trapped by an army under Henry IV of France. Parma though wounded then made a miraculous escape avoiding complete defeat but died at Arras.


Arms of Caudebec-en-Caux (Seine-Maritime)
Arms of Caudebec-en-Caux (Seine-Maritime)
formerly: Azure, 3 smelt argent.
now: Azure, in pale 3 salmon argent.[3]


The Notre-Dame Church of Caudebec-en-Caux. Notice in the background, the slope down from the chalk plateau of the Pays de Caux to the Seine estuary.

The chief architectural interest of the town lies in its Flamboyant church, which was constructed during the 15th and the early 16th centuries.[4] Round its top run balustrades formed of Gothic letters, which read as part of the Magnificat. Its west portal, the decoration of the spire of the tower, and its stained glass are among the features which make it one of the finest churches of the Rouen diocese.[5]

  • In the town are also
    • Maison des Templiers (The Templars' House) from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The building was saved by a society set up for the purpose and houses a small museum of local archaeology and history. A domestic building of this period is a rarity.
    • The former prison from the fourteenth century.
    • Hôtel du Bailli, a town house.
    • Hôtel de ville (Town Hall) from around 1800.
    • The riverside embankments (Les Quais).
    • Musée de la marine de Seine, on the history of river navigation.
  • Just outside the town:


Historically, its industries included tanning and leather-currying, and there was trade in grain. The port had a small trade in coal, livestock and farm produce.[5] Caudebec was formerly the location of the French seaplane manufacturer Latham.

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  1. ^ Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2019, INSEE
  2. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 16 December 2015
  3. ^ "Newgaso - Toute l'actu rien que l'actu".
  4. ^ Steinke, William August. The Flamboyant Gothic Church of Caudebec-En-Caux: A Neglected Masterpiece of French Medieval Architecture. Thesis (Ph. D.)--New York University, 1982.
  5. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Caudebec-en-Caux". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 5 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 556.
  6. ^ "The disastrous Latham-47 Polar rescue, from Caudebec-en-Caux". Normandy Then and Now. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2020-11-18.
  7. ^ Forester, C.S., (1946) Lord Hornblower, Michael Joseph, London
  8. ^ Forester, C.S., (1964), The Hornblower Companion, Michael Joseph, London.

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  • Hat making history with the Huguenots in Caudebec-en-Caux during a time of religious intolerance Link to blog