Little Plumieux!

Often the case in my road warrior trips into the deep woods of my France I come upon a village that is quant picturesque and pretty even if not much to see. I was driving along on the lonely road D66 and came upon Plumieux!

Let me tell you a bit about this small village of my lovely Bretagne.

Plumieux is a village in the Côtes-d’Armor department 22, in my region of Bretagne. It is located to the south of the department  bordering on mine, Morbihan 56. It has a grand total of 1015 inhabitants!!!

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Plumieux is a former primitive parish which formerly included in addition to the current territory of Plumieux, those of Le Cambout, Coëtlogon, La Chèze, La Ferrière and Saint-Etienne du Gué de l’Isle. The old parish of Plumieux gave birth later to several towns of the Côtes d’Armor such as Plumieux  itself from the Middle Ages, La Chèze and La Ferrière ,before the 14C, Saint-Etienne du Gué de l’Isle in 1526 and again in 1829 , le Cambout in 1866 and Coëtlogon in 1870.

One famous personage who lived here and the town is proud of it was Marcel Carné, the famous filmmaker. He lived in Plumieux at the start of the 20C.  Born in Paris in 1906 and died in Clamart in 1996 at the age of 90, having left behind some of the most illustrious films of French cinema. He rests in the Saint-Vincent cemetery in the 18éme arrondissement of Paris, at the foot of the Butte Montmartre.

Marcel lived in Plumieux, that is to say a little before WWI or the Great War when at the time he was  5 years old. He becomes assistant for the production of Richard Oswald in the film “Cagliostro” 1929, of René Clair in the film “Under the roofs of Paris” (1930), of Jacques Feyder for “Le Grand Jeu” (1934), “Pension Mimosas “(1935) and” The Heroic Fair “(1935). In 1936, thanks to the help of Feyder, he succeeded in directing his first film, Jenny; Le Quai des brumes ”, shot in 1938, won a great success. The successes then followed:“ Hôtel du Nord ”in 1938, “The day rises” in 1939, “the Evening Visitors” in 1942, “The Children of Paradise”, etc.

And of course, it caught my attention passing by and plenty of parking in front of it, so therefore, here is a bit on the Church of Saint Pierre.

The Chapel of Saint-Etienne, in the parish of Plumieux, was erected as a parish church by bull of February 4, 1526.  The Saint-Pierre Church came much later in 1873.  The church was built in the shape of a Latin cross comprising an exterior bell tower with a gallery, a nave with low sides of four bays, a transept and a choir. The execution of its construction was delayed; but, the bedside of the old church becoming a public danger, required in 1872, to draw up a new project proportionate to the population of the parish which had, in the meantime, been amputated from Sainte-Anne du Cambout in 1860 and Coëtlogon in 1870. The blessing of the first stone took place on November 9, 1873. Only the bedside was to be built; but they pushed the construction to the first pile of the nave; then the nave was built, leaving fixing stones for the tower. This was only built in 1912, and blessed on May 21, 1914. Old stones from the priory of Saint-Léau and rubble from Bréhand-Loudéac. An episcopal escutcheon of 1873 adorns the pediment of the church. The church houses a statue of Blessed Grignon de Montfort, Saint Remy or Remi 16C and a statue of the Virgin and Child 18C.

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There is the Bretagne Centre tourist board base in Loudéac but no mention of Plumieux... the webpage in French is here: http://www.centrebretagne.com/office-de-tourisme/cote-pratique/horaires-douverture-adresses-de-loffice-de-tourisme.html

For info and direction, the mayor’s office or Mairie is at  9 Rue du Porhoët 22210 Plumieux.

As we were passing by the St Peter’s Church was closed but anyway it was a nice church to see for its architecture and a great rest stop in a pretty village in way inland Bretagne!  Oh yes there is no webpage for the mayor’s office ,this is a village lol! Hope you enjoy the off the beaten path post on Plumieux.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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