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A general view of Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens
A general view of Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens
Coat of arms of Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens
Coat of arms
Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens is located in France
Coordinates: 43°30′51″N 3°30′53″E / 43.5142°N 3.5147°E / 43.5142; 3.5147Coordinates: 43°30′51″N 3°30′53″E / 43.5142°N 3.5147°E / 43.5142; 3.5147
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Béziers
Canton Montagnac
Intercommunality Hérault Méditerranée
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Pierre Soulier
Area1 13.58 km2 (5.24 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 619
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 34285 / 34230
Elevation 18–185 m (59–607 ft)
(avg. 100 m or 330 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.

Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens is a commune in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France.


It is tiny village perched on a hill, St. Pons de Mauchiens is a typical example of the circulade type of village dating back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The castle there was built for the Bishops of Agde in 1199. Just 4km from the village you may also admire a fine mill, the "Moulin de Roquemengarde" on the river Hérault. To really escape from the modern world, there is a fine footpath (17km) that has been recently restored and marked out leading from the outskirts of the village right out into the hilly garrigue countryside, perfumed with thyme, lavender and rosemary.


There is a legend about the long name of this very small village. One of the lords of the castle owned a pack of ferocious dogs ("chien" in French) that he let loose at nightfall. One day he arrived home late and the doors to the castle were locked. The dogs did not recognise their master, savagely attacked him at the throat and tore him to pieces.His last words were "Mauvais chiens !" which is why the village is called St-Pons-de-MAUCHIENS, mauchiens being an abbreviation of 'Mauvais chiens'


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 499 —    
1968 511 +2.4%
1975 416 −18.6%
1982 411 −1.2%
1990 399 −2.9%
1999 513 +28.6%
2008 619 +20.7%


Saint-Pons-de-Mauchiens is the only village or town in Herault with a cricket club, which plays league and friendly fixtures against visiting touring sides. The club also supports demonstration and coaching of cricket in local village schools.


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