The Moulin de Crémeur of Guérande !

I have done several posts on pretty quant Guérande but would like to update this older post on an unique monument of the city. I like to tell you a bit about the Moulin de Crémeur of Guérande ! The Moulin de Crémeur mill, aka as the Diable or Devil’s mill, is a windmill located in the town of Guérande, in the department 44 of Loire-Atlantique,in the region of Pays de la Loire. It dates from the end of the 15C and had to stop at the end of the 18C. It was restored in the 1980s. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Moulin de Crémeur mill is known mainly for its legend which earned it the nickname “Devil’s Mill”. This legend says that Yves Kerbic wanted to build a mill but he was too poor. The passing devil offered him a pact: “I will build you your mill in one night if you give me your soul”. Yves consented and the Devil set to work all night. At the morning angelus, the last stone was missing. The cunning miller hastened to place a statuette of the Virgin in a niche and made the sign of the cross. Full of rage, Satan stepped back: “You stole from me! He yelled and disappeared in a whirlwind of fire ..so says the legend. One of the windows retains the winch brackets and, in a recessed niche, takes place a statuette of the Virgin and Child, the same, no doubt, that frightened the devil.

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A 15C Manor ,era of Anne of Brittany (it is rumored that the Father of Anne of Brittany would have slept at the Manor)… The Counts of Carné, Nobles from Guérande , reside at the Manor. The property also had a mill and is linked to the fortified town of Guérande by an underground passage. The mill has a masonry in granite, presents a ground floor with an overflowing base. The corbelling supporting the floor is decorated with three large projecting moldings. One of the windows retains the consoles of the winch , The roof, restored, is made of chestnut shingles: The motor shaft carries the two rods equipped with their saws which received the sails. On the other hand, the brake wurm and perch are retained.

You can see the Crémeur or Diable mill or moulin on the road  Route de Herbignac  or D274 direction Guérande ,just before the last traffic circle entering Guérande on your left hand side. As with everything today, you need to check in advance if open. They had installed a créperie resto there since 2008 but is now closed.

The (FFAM) Fédération Française des Associations de sauvegarde des Moulins or French Federation of Associations for the preservation of windmills on the Moulin de Crémeurhttps://www.moulinsdefrance.org/fiches-moulins/moulin-du-diable-ou-de-cremeur-guerande/

The city of Guérande and its heritagehttps://www.ville-guerande.fr/pratique-vos-demarches/tourisme-et-decouvertes/visiter-la-cite-medievale

The local La Baule-Guérande tourist office on Guérandehttps://www.labaule-guerande.com/bureau-d-information-touristique-de-guerande.html

There you go folks, another dandy in my belle France. This one going south to old Bretagne in a wonderful medieval fortified city of Guérande is a must while in the area. The Moulin de Crémeur is worth the detour .Hope it helps your plans and enjoy the post as I

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

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2 Comments to “The Moulin de Crémeur of Guérande !”

  1. We saw this Devils Mill there in France. Very interesting. Anita

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