Eu, Seine-Maritime

For other uses of "Eu", see Eu (disambiguation).

Château d'Eu

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 50°02′53″N 1°25′14″E / 50.0481°N 1.4206°E / 50.0481; 1.4206Coordinates: 50°02′53″N 1°25′14″E / 50.0481°N 1.4206°E / 50.0481; 1.4206
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Dieppe
Canton Eu
Intercommunality Gros Jacques
  Mayor (20082014) Marie-Françoise Gaouyer
Area1 17.93 km2 (6.92 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 7,794
  Density 430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 76255 / 76260
Elevation 2–140 m (6.6–459.3 ft)
(avg. 17 m or 56 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.

Eu [ø] is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France.

Eu is located near the coast in the eastern part of the department, near the border with Picardy.

Its inhabitants are known in French as the Eudois.


Eu is situated at the junction of the RD 1015, the RD 925, the RD 940 and the RD 1314 roads, in the steep-sided valley of the Bresle River, whose mouth is 4 km (2.5 mi) away to the north in Le Tréport.


The name of the commune is related to that of the river on which it stands. Before being called the Bresle, this small river was known in the Middle Ages under the name of Ou, which then became Eu.


The County of Eu was created in 996 by Duke Richard I of Normandy for his illegitimate son Geoffrey, Count of Brionne. It was a march protecting Normandy from invasion from the east.

In 1050, William, Duke of Normandy, the future William the Conqueror and king of England, married Matilda, the daughter of the Count of Flanders, at the chapel of the castle in Eu. The chapel is the only part of this castle which still stands today.

In 1180, Laurence O'Toole, the archbishop of Dublin and papal legate, fell ill at Eu on his way to meet King Henry II of England. He died there. He was beatified in 1186 and canonised in 1225 as St Laurence, becoming the patron saint of the town. The collegiate church was named for the Virgin Mary and for him, Notre-Dame et Saint-Laurent, and still holds some of his preserved relics. In the 12th century, King Richard I of England, who was also Duke of Normandy, built the city walls.

In 1430, Joan of Arc as a prisoner of the English spent a night there, during her journey to Rouen.

The county remained an independent fief of the French crown until 1472, when it was inherited by John, Count of Nevers. In 1477 it was incorporated into the Burgundian territories of Charles the Bold. However, later that year Charles was killed in battle; King Louis XI of France took the opportunity to seize Charles' French fiefs, including Eu, and incorporated them in the French royal domain.

The British Queen Victoria visited Eu on two occasions as guest of Louis-Philippe. The first time in 1843 was to cement an early form of the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France. It was the first time monarchs of the two countries had met since King Henry VIII of England met with King Francis I of France on the Field of the Cloth of Gold in 1520.

The Croix de Guerre was awarded to the town in 1944.


The arms of Eu are blazoned :
Argent, a lion passant Gules.


It is chiefly known for its nearby national forest, the Renaissance style Château d'Eu and its college.


Twin towns

Eu is twinned with:

City State Country Year
Haan  North Rhine-Westphalia  Germany 1966
Zouk Mikael Lebanon Mount Lebanon Governorate  Lebanon 2003
Ålesund Møre og Romsdal  Norway 1996
Bad Lauchstädt  Saxony-Anhalt  Germany 1998

See also


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