La Boissière-en-Gâtine

Coordinates: 46°33′25″N 0°22′06″W / 46.5569°N 0.3683°W / 46.5569; -0.3683
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La Boissière-en-Gâtine
Saint-Martin church in La Boissière-en-Gâtine
Saint-Martin church in La Boissière-en-Gâtine
Location of La Boissière-en-Gâtine
La Boissière-en-Gâtine is located in France
La Boissière-en-Gâtine
La Boissière-en-Gâtine
La Boissière-en-Gâtine is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
La Boissière-en-Gâtine
La Boissière-en-Gâtine
Coordinates: 46°33′25″N 0°22′06″W / 46.5569°N 0.3683°W / 46.5569; -0.3683
CantonLa Gâtine
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Thierry Deligné[1]
10.98 km2 (4.24 sq mi)
 • Density21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
79040 /79310
Elevation118–218 m (387–715 ft)
(avg. 180 m or 590 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

La Boissière-en-Gâtine is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France.


There used to be a commandery of the Knights Templar, which later passed to the Hospitallers, hence the name L'Hôpiteau de la Boissière-en-Gâtine. Maison du Temple de La Boissière-en-Gâtine

La Boissiére-en-Gatine is in the canton of Maziéres en Gatine but in fact geographically speaking it is nearer to Allonne.

St Martin's church, which was restored in the 18th century, is a Romanesque building. The door dates from the 11th century. The bell tower was built in the 17th century. The church has been on the list of historical monuments since 1929.

During the revolution, Louis-Hercule Terrasson, the local priest, swore allegiance to the Constitution. He was attacked by the Vendéens who did not accept his republican opinions. He defended himself and managed to fight them off. Later he abandoned his parish and fled to Champdeniers. However, he regretted having resigned and took up his functions again. He was still priest in La Boissiére in 1798.

La Boissiére is the home of the Maison Noble (mansion house) of Puy Robin and there was, at one time, a commandery which later belonged to the charitable order of Jerusalem.

Situated between Puymonnier and la Roche-Marot this place was, according to local legends, the meeting place for little elves called “Farfadet” During an evening party a shepherdess crushed the Farfadet's big toe with her spindle because he was getting on her nerves. The Fadets are wild and very hairy. They like rocky places where they live in community. Apart from their hairiness, you can recognize the Fadets by their thick unbleached woolen panties. There are Madames Fadets, the Fadettes, they are just as grumpy as their gruff husbands but still prettier. Their number has steadily decreased over the centuries. Nowadays, they are few and very difficult to observe.


List of mayors
Term Name
2001 2008 Gérard Boutin
2008 2018 (stepped down)[3] Yannick Pacreau
2018 incumbent Thierry Deligné[1]

Maire de La Boissière-en-Gâtine (79)


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1968 346—    
1975 301−1.97%
1982 302+0.05%
1990 277−1.07%
1999 251−1.09%
2007 243−0.40%
2012 231−1.01%
2017 246+1.27%
Source: INSEE[4]


The village has an economic activity based on agriculture, especially livestock. The main employer in the commune is the company Boye Accouvage, which employs about a hundred people.

Places and monuments[edit]

The Church of Saint-Martin is classified as an historical monument from the 12th century.

See also[edit]

A small Hamlet of La Boissiere en Gatine and although in a rural setting, it is not isolated as it is close to the Towns of Secondigny and medieval town of Partaney Archived 7 February 2020 at the Wayback Machine in the Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. With its many small hamlets such as the lovely Puy Robin set in the beautiful Gatine hill.


  1. ^ a b "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2021". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2023.
  3. ^ "Le maire Yannick Pacreau jette l'éponge". (in French). 9 October 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE

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