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The municipality of Chauvé

Surface: 4098 ha


The West and the South: municipality of Pornic

The East: municipality of Arthon en Retz,

The North: municipalities of St Viaud, Saint Père,

Association of local authorities of Pornic

Arthon en Retz,



La Plaine


St Michel Chef Chef,



Population in 2009

2313 inhabitants

Today: 2552 inhabitants
Chauvéenset Chauvéennes

stream the canal of High Perch

Origin of the name:
calleva come from the brittonique" calleva wood"
Chauvé is coupled with Killala in Ireland

History of the Blazon

He (It) represents the blazon of the" baronnerie de Retz", the "jurisdiction du Bois-Joly," the blazon of the first mayor of Chauvé, that of the" prieuré de Haute Perche", the scapula of the catholic and royal army and the Church damaged by Chauvé so calling back (reminding) the last world war.

At about the year one thousand, the Lord of the Migron governs among his (its) parts of the country «the pago chialve "the country of Chauvé"

By 1300, Chauvé is divided into two seigneuries: the most important, that some "Bois Joly" and the second, that of" La Rigaudière".

Under the Revolution, during the night of 1793, Chauvé is the first municipality to rebel.

In the XIXth century, in spite of the creation of factory of bricks, Chauvé remains above all rural.

In December, 1944, Chauvé bears the fights between Germans and French Forces of the inside and February 14 th, 1945, a German grenade destroys the bell tower of the church then on March 23th and finally on April 12th, 1945. He (it) will be reconstructed on February 18th, 1950 and the "cock" will be set up.

The patrimony of Chauvé:

The Swamp of High Perch

This site seems to be the place of Portus Secor, old Roman port known which an important activity until 1400s. In the XVIIIth century, these swamps belonged to the Lord "du Bois -Joly"

The castle of « Terre-Neuve »

Of style Louis XV (1768-1770). Dismemberment of the seigneury of Bois-Joly and the (old property of the family" Bachelier de Bercy" then the" Teilhard et Valeix" families. This castle welcomes a Medical social establishment today

The Noble House XVIth century, situated in the River Mulon

Julien Ranou, "aide de camp" of the General Humbert, who distinguished himself during the expedition of Ireland against the English in 1798 by entering the first in "Castlebar," lived in this house


The Mill of Rigaudière (XV-XVIth century.)

This very (old, former, ancient) mill possesses (many numerous) crosses indicating the passage of various millers

Church (XIX ème century)

It is about the first rural church of neo gothic style of the department. His (her, its) magnificent A magnificent gate worth seeing

During the Second World War, its bell tower was largely destroyed

Square of the priests

Is the beginning of the XIXth century, placed in the cemetery this monument represents the busts of the priests of the "Paroisse de Chauvé"

The presbytery 1764

Beautiful building giving on to the park and sheltering the municipal library today

The Celtic Cross

Small granite rustic Calvary. This encircled, very (old ancient (former) cross was brought, (shot) down during the Revolution.

Found in bushes, she (it) is again set up. She (it) is situated on the RD 5 in the locality "Le Pin"

The pedestrian paths

The circuit of swamps and mills (16, 6 km)

Discover the ruins of the "Moulin de Haute Perche", then the wings of the "Moulin de la Rigaudière"

In the last century three mills supplied the flour to Chauvé. Most of people of the Country made their bread themselves. Having crossed the village of" Haute Perche," you will move in swamps.

You will notice farther, the impressive "Carrières de l' Ennerie", where from we extract the Gneiss.

The circuit of Menhirs (8,8 km)

Discover through this beautiful walk, a concentration of menhirs: the "Menhir de la Crotrie", The "Chevanou", height of 4, 10 m.

Then you arrive at "Menhir des Platennes "(that of the centre of 5, 10 m still stood in 1835).

A local saying says «between three stones, from the flight of a capon a treasure is hidden»

Finally, the" Menhir de la Pierre Lematz", high of 3,75 m, since whom we can admire a splendid landscape up to the line of hills hiding the" Baie de Bourgneuf"

The circuit of villages (18,6 km)

Walk, on horseback or in VTT in the discovery of the hilly landscape of Chauvé

This circuit drives you of hamlet in hamlet, through cultures and meadows, undergrowth and brooks.

By crossing the numerous flowery villages, you will notice the typical farms and the former environment of the" Pays de Retz "and numerous menhirs.