A nostalgic return to Saint Nolff !!

Well nostalgia sets in now. I have written pieces of it in previous posts , and it was sad to say good bye to Saint Nolff, the town outside Vannes where I worked for 9 years!! I came to this little community to work for a worldwide big company of 1,6B euros and now it has been sold! I was given a nice secure tax free package and now into retirement. I was in the area with my family and was so close decided to go by for the memories’s sake. I worked in a ruin domain of Talhouët that had a castle from 1504 near Vannes, and newer properties were build on it such as our world HQ. From here I was responsable in my field of Finance for 75 factories, 28 companies, and 20 countries.  It was fun indeed. Again, thank you for been such avids readers of my posts over the years. And hope you enjoy this post as I.

It’s two major monument , I have written on their history and description so will be briefer here just to show the new pictures of today.

 The Church of Saint-Mayeul b. 15-16C, renovated in the 17-19C.It was in front parking lot where I waited for my interview for the job ,which of course as above got it and held for 9 years !!! The longest I have worked in one firm !!! My field moves a lot ….Originally, it included a nave without aisles and a choir with a flat apse. Only the choir remains today with a large window, remarkable for the presence of 2 triskels, in opposite directions to each other. The three most important seigniories, Gourvineg, Kerboulard and Val Dilieg, each had their private chapel or their place (benches and burial vaults) in the choir.  The Calvary-altar outside was erected in 1806, in the spirit of the 17C. Its remarkable wooden Christ is now preserved in the choir. Saint Mayeul de Cluny was born around 910 in Valensole, in eastern Provence, and died in 994 in Souvigny. He was the fourth abbot of Cluny. He was certainly one of the listened advisers of Hugues Capet, duke then king of the Franks, which enabled him to reform monasteries and place regular abbots there. Mayeul’s destiny is exceptional. He was spontaneously recognized as a saint immediately after his death, and his cult, which constituted the first great Cluniac abbey cult, was one of the most important in the Middle Ages and persisted in Le Puy and Souvigny until the French revolution. His feast day is May 11.The church once kept the tomb of Jean de Gourvinec, who died on December 12, 1423.

Saint Nolff Ch Saint Mayeul front aug22

Saint Nolff Ch Saint Mayeul side left aug22

Saint Nolff Ch Saint Majeul side aug22

The Chapelle of Sainte-Anne was built in 1493 in the immediate ,next to the Church of Saint-Mayeul as above.Very beautiful chapel with flamboyant decoration was built, “in honor of Sainte-Anne”, in 1493 by Olivier de Gourvinec, lord of Bézit, as indicated by the inscription of the sand pit. Small rectangular chapel in cut stone. Fleur-de-lysées side windows. The west gable door has retained its 15C character, as has the one on the south side which has an accolade resting on two made-up angels. The finial is surmounted by an escutcheon with heraldic animals, dominated by a top with strips of fabric and finished with an incomplete figure. The frame and the old sand pits have disappeared.

Saint Nolff Chapelle Sainte Anne front road aug22

Saint Nolff Chapelle of Sainte-Anne et Ch Saint Majeul side aug22

Saint Nolff Chapelle of Sainte-Anne side left aug22

The Étang de Gourvinec or pond was the water reserve of the mill if we do not know the date of construction of the mill, This mill was built by the family of Gourvinec, lords of Bézit. The first mention of this mill dates back to 1503. Three wheels are driven by the Condat River to turn wheat into flour. In 1930, it was transformed into a sawmill, an activity which ended in 1951. Used for a time as a poultry farm, it was bought by the town of St Nolff in 1989, which ensured its restoration. It was and is a spot for picnic and relaxation of families and folks from my employer at least until recently,It is right off the road D135. 

Saint Nolff Étang de Gourvinec moulin by train track aug22

The town of Saint Nolff on its heritagehttps://www.saint-nolff.fr/decouvrir/patrimoine.html

The Gulf of Morbihan local tourist office on Saint Nolffhttps://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/decouvrir-vannes/golfe-morbihan/landes-de-lanvaux/saint-nolff/

And there you go in a way my extra hommage to Saint Nolff, a town very small but by now very much attach to my world globe of wonderful places to be in . I was glad stopped again by it, with my boys for the family memories and some anecdotes. I believe will remain at least in the Morbihan and or Pluvigner for the rest of my life, which we love it so much by now, and I will do my road warrior trips all over from here.  Thank you again for reading me over the years and of course this post in particular.

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

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