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Vernon

VERNON, a town of north-western France, in the department of Eure, 19 m. E.N.E. of Evreux by road. Pop. (1906) 7274. Vernon stands on the left bank of the Seine opposite the forest of Vernon, a stone bridge uniting it to Vernonnet on the right bank, where there are important stone quarries. The forest of Bizy lies to the south of the town. Its church is an interesting building dating from the 12th to the i5th centuries, and there is a cylindrical keep built by Henry I. of England. The port on the Seine carries on trade in stone and coal, and the town has workshops for the manufacture of army engineering material and manufactures benzine, aniline dyes, 'wooden shoes, liqueurs, etc.

Vernon in 1196 was ceded by its count to Philip Augustus, Richard I. resigning his suzerainty. The first Estates of Normandy were held at Vernon in 1452.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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