Tendon, Vosges

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Church and town hall
Church and town hall
Coat of arms of Tendon
Coat of arms
Tendon is located in France
Coordinates: 48°07′21″N 6°40′47″E / 48.1225°N 6.6797°E / 48.1225; 6.6797Coordinates: 48°07′21″N 6°40′47″E / 48.1225°N 6.6797°E / 48.1225; 6.6797
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Vosges
Arrondissement Épinal
Canton La Bresse
Intercommunality CC Hautes Vosges
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gérard Clément
Area1 21.85 km2 (8.44 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 494
 • Density 23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 88464 /88460
Elevation 409–807 m (1,342–2,648 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.

Tendon is a commune in the Vosges area of Grand Est in northeastern France. Its inhabitants are known as Todas, there is a village and around 60 settlements in the area. The history of the area dates back to the middle ages.


The Grande Cascade

Tendon is a comune in the heart of a long valley, composed of a village and about 60 settlements. Situated 19 kilometres to the East of Épinal, Tendon lies in the valley of the Scouet, a tributary of the Vologne via the Barba. 492 hectares are occupied by forest. Le Tholy is 8 km away via the Bonne Fontaine col at an altitude of 677 m.


The ban of Tendon (Tandon), comprising the villages of Tendon, Houx, Laveline, Dehiex, Chamontaruz and La Poirie, belonged to the bailiwick of Remiremont under the Ancien Régime and depended on the mastery of the waters and forests Épinal. It followed the dress of Lorraine.

In the church, the inhabitants of the current parish of Tendon were part of that of Docelles. This ended on 3 September 1707 when the bishow of Toul elevated the small Tendon chapel, which had been built 25 years earlier, into a parish. The bishop's decision was confirmed by the Pope in 1715, against opposition from the bishop of Metz who imagined himself to be in charge of the region. Tendon was part of the prévôté of Arches.

Established as a commune in 1790, Tendon was part of the canton of Éloyes in the district, then arrondissement, of Remiremont. After the an IX, the commune was reattached to the Remiremont canton in the arrondissement of Remiremont.


Father Voyaux de Franoux, born in 1760, was the founder of a girls school in 1825 and a hospital in 1834 in his native village. Educated at the collège de Saint-Claude, in Toul, he studied philosophy and theology in the Saint-Dié-des-Vosges Catholic seminary, then was sent to the Sorbonne by his bishop, where he received the grade of doctor. He was ordained as a priest and became head of the Trente-trois seminary Paris. During the French revolution, he emigrated to England where he was appointed apostolic vicar. After the restoration of the French monarchy, Louis XVIII made him almoner of the French embassy in London and canon of the Chapter of Saint-Denis.


  • The Grande Cascade and Petite Cascade of Tendon, the first upstream, at an altitude of 32 metres in the heart of the forest of firs.
  • The rocks of la Moulure.



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Description of the emblazon
Blason tendon vosges.svg Original French De sinople aux deux pals ondés d’argent, au franc-canton d’or chargé d’un tau de gueules.
English blazon blazon needed…
Notes The two silver stripes symbolise the Petite Cascade and the Grande Cascade, natural features of the region. The tau is the initial letter of the commune, in the colors of Lorraine.[1]
Status Official status to be determined…

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lorraine genealogists' website

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