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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 Occitanie
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)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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.


A tiny village perched on a hill, St. Pons de Machines is a typical example of the circulade type of village dating back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries.The Bishops of Agde built the city castle in 1199. A fine mill, the "Moulin de Roquemengarde" on the river Hérault is only 4 km away. To really escape from the modern world, there is a recently restored footpath (17km), nicely marked, leading from the village environs right out into the hilly garrigue countryside, perfumed with thyme, lavender and rosemary.


There is a legend about the village's name. One of the castle's lords owned a pack of ferocious dogs ("chiens" in French) that he let loose at nightfall. One day, he arrived home late and the castle doors were locked. The dogs did not recognize their master, savagely attacking his throat, tearing him to pieces. His last words were "Mauvais chiens !" The village is called St-Pons-de-MAUCHIENS, machines 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 has Hérault's only cricket club, allowing league and friendly play against visiting touring sides. The club also demonstrates and coaches cricket in local village schools.


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