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Villemomble (Municipality, Seine-Saint-Denis, France)

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Flag and pennant of Villemomble, two versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 6 July 2020

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Presentation of Villemomble

The municipality of Villemomble (30,005 inhabitants in 2018; 404 ha) is located 15 km east of Paris.

Villemomble was created at the beginning of the Merovingian period. In the Middle Ages, its territory, covered by the large Bondy forest, was a royal property where the lords spent time. With the development of agriculture, and in the 19th century, the parceling out of large estates, the creation of roads, railways as well as the construction of splendid mansions and stylish villas, the town gradually became a residential town. A symbol of 18th century architecture in Île-de-France, the castle built on the site of the former feudal castle was registered as an historic monument.

Olivier Touzeau, 6 July 2020

Flag of Villemomble

The flag of Villemomble (photo) is horizontally divided red-white with a a monochomous (blue with black linings representation of the municipal arms in the center. A pennant horizontally divided red-white (photo) is flown in front of the Town Hall.

The arms of Villemomble are "Per pale, 1. Argent a lion gules superimposed by an escarbuncle flory or, 2. Gules semy of castles or". The shield supported by a lion gules and a lion hermine and surmounted by a mural crown wirth a lion gules. Motto: Villa non una sed mille (Latin, Not one town but a thousand").
The arms were designed by Robert Louis, upon request of the municipality. The first quarter features the arms of the Beaumont lineage, while the second quarter features the arms of Castile but with a semy of castles to represent the "thousand houses" mentioned in the town's motto. The supporting lions are borrowed from the arms of the Beaumont and Chabannes lineages, respectively.
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Jean de Beaumont (c. 1190-1255), lord of Villemomble and Chamberlain of Saint Louis, signed in 1237 an act that includes the first mention of Villemomble (Villa Mummoli). Appointed Grand Chamberlain of France in 1240, Jean de Beaumont was sent to Languedoc to repress the revolt led by Raimond II Trencavel; he participated to the Egyptian Crusade in 1247.
Antoine de Chabannes (c. 1408-1488), Joan of Arc's brother-in-arms during the siege of Orléans (1428), appointed Grand Panetier of France (1447) by Charles VII, Grand Master of France (1467) by Louis XI and Military Governor of Paris (1485) by Charles VIII, was granted the domain after the Hundred Years' War.
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The arms of the Chabannes lineage are "Azure a lion ermine armed crowned and langued or". The Armorial Général features the arms of Gilbert de Chabannes (image), officer, and Henry de Chabannes (image), Marquess of Curton.

Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 7 July 2020