Ygrande is a commune with 777 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) in the department of Allier in the Auvergne region. It belongs to the district Moulins, in the canton of Bourbon l'Archambault and community association Bocage Bourbonnais.


The community Ygrande is in the countryside Bocage Bourbonnais, about 30 kilometers west of Moulins, on the watershed between the Bieudre ( Allier river system ) and the Aumance ( Cher river system ).


Ygrande is now at an important road junction, at the place where in the early history of a nomadic tribe had settled in the vicinity of a well. The name Ygrande dates from the time of the Gauls, when the village on the border between the Bituringen ( Berry ) and Arverni (Auvergne ) was.


Culture and sights

The sprawling district of Ygrande are the Castle of Pont -Lung (late 15th century ), the manor of la Grolière ( 1613 ), The Castle of Ygrande (1836 ), the Chapel of Saint -Roch (17th century) and the Church Saint -Martin ( 12th and 13th centuries ) in Romanesque- Burgundian style, which is surmounted by a tall spire with stone roof. The church is classified as a monument historique in the base Mérimée, the database of the French Ministry of Culture.

A tradition in Ygrande is the Carnival, which is celebrated in the town since 1930.

Economy and infrastructure

The livestock with its many farms is still the main occupation in the region. Especially the cattle is spread very strong here. However, tourism is gaining in recent years noticeable influence. So there are now mainly Dutch, British and German, who spend in the countryside of the Auvergne their holidays.


The writer and farmer Emile Guillaumin ( born in 1873 and died in 1951 in Ygrande ) local history has since been heavily influenced. It is also called the " way of Ygrande " in the vernacular. That 's humanistic, journalistic and literary activity is a museum dedicated Ygrande.