Saint-James (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ʒɑm]) is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.

Saint-James is on the border between Normandy and Brittany.

Geography

The rivers Beuvron and Dierge flow through the commune.

History

William the Conqueror built the Saint-James fortress in 1067.

Heraldry

The arms of Saint-James are blazoned :
Gules, a gate argent flanked by 2 towers the sinister one taller Or, all masoned sable, in chief 1 escallop and in base 3 escallops argent.



International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Saint-James is twinned with:

Demographics

Historical population of Saint-James
Year196219681975198219901999
Population241524522489276629762917
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest

World War II

After the liberation of the area by Allied Forces in 1944, engineers of the Ninth Air Force IX Engineering Command began construction of a combat Advanced Landing Ground outside of the town. Declared operational on 14 August, the airfield was designated as "A-29", it was used by the 373d Fighter Group which flew P-47 Thunderbolts until early September when the unit moved into Central France. Afterward, the airfield was closed.