Le Vast

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Le Vast
Le Vast is located in France
Le Vast
Le Vast
Coordinates: 49°37′24″N 1°21′23″W / 49.6233°N 1.3564°W / 49.6233; -1.3564Coordinates: 49°37′24″N 1°21′23″W / 49.6233°N 1.3564°W / 49.6233; -1.3564
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg-Octeville
Canton Saint-Pierre-Église
Intercommunality Communauté de communes de Saint-Pierre-Église
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marie Lefauconnier
Area1 13.04 km2 (5.03 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 291
 • Density 22/km2 (58/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 50619 / 50630
Elevation 24–107 m (79–351 ft)
(avg. 44 m or 144 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Le Vast is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France. The village is located in the North-East of the Cotentin Peninsula in an area known as Val de Saire, literally the Vale the River Saire.

The river used to power several mills including a cotton mill established by Philippe Fontenilliat in 1803. It employed up to 600 workers until it closed in 1858. The mill has now been replaced by the "Château de La Germonière". The grounds are open to the public on certain occasions. One of its main features is its set of two artificial waterfalls on the river which can be seen from the main road.

Artificial waterfalls on the River Saire.

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