Town square

Coordinates: 49°13′05″N 1°31′46″W / 49.218°N 1.5294°W / 49.218; -1.5294Coordinates: 49°13′05″N 1°31′46″W / 49.218°N 1.5294°W / 49.218; -1.5294
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Coutances
Canton Créances
Area1 28.95 km2 (11.18 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 2,243
  Density 77/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50267 / 50430
Elevation 5–42 m (16–138 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 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.

Lessay is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France. On 1 January 2016, the former commune of Angoville-sur-Ay was merged into Lessay.[1]


Lessay is a small town in the centre of the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy.


It was originally founded as a monastery but a town grew up around it over the years. The 10th century monastery is one of the greatest examples of Romanesque architecture in Normandy. It was partially destroyed by fighting in the town during July-August 1944.


The arms of Lessay are blazoned :
Sable, a woodsman's axe palewise Or, blade to sinister.

Points of interest

See also


  1. Arrêté préfectoral 28 September 2015 (French)
  2. Lessay et son canton à travers les siècles by Michel Pinel
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