Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon

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Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon
Henwig-ar-C'houenon
Commune
The church in Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon
The church in Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon
Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon is located in France
Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon
Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon
Coordinates: 48°20′33″N 1°29′18″W / 48.3425°N 1.4883°W / 48.3425; -1.4883Coordinates: 48°20′33″N 1°29′18″W / 48.3425°N 1.4883°W / 48.3425; -1.4883
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Ille-et-Vilaine
Arrondissement Rennes
Canton Antrain
Intercommunality Pays d'Aubigné
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Pascal Dewasmes
Area1 21.56 km2 (8.32 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 1,095
 • Density 51/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 35355 /35490
Elevation 22–107 m (72–351 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.

Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon (Breton: Henwig-ar-C'houenon, Gallo: Vioez-Vic) is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in northwestern France.

Geography[edit]

Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon is located on the Couesnon River 33 km northeast of Rennes and 35 km (22 mi) south of Mont Saint-Michel.

The neighboring communes are Romazy, Chauvigné, Saint-Christophe-de-Valains, Saint-Ouen-des-Alleux, Mézières-sur-Couesnon, Gahard, and Sens-de-Bretagne.

History[edit]

The name Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon probably comes from the Latin Vetus Victus, "old market town." The settlement has had this name since at least 1063.

Economy[edit]

Industries:

  • Silver-lead ore was mined in the 19th century at a place called Brais. The mine was closed in 1956.
  • A granite quarry is still in operation in the northeast, not far from the former mine site.

Population[edit]

Inhabitants of Vieux-Vy-sur-Couesnon are called Vieuxviciens in French.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,023 —    
1968 941 −8.0%
1975 928 −1.4%
1982 835 −10.0%
1990 863 +3.4%
1999 861 −0.2%
2009 1,095 +27.2%

Transportation[edit]

The village is served by just one bus route, the Rennes/Antrain line.

Sights[edit]

  • The Saint-Germain church, most of which dates from the seventeenth century, although certain parts date from the eleventh century. The organ was installed in 1883.
  • The Chateau of Moulinet, dating from the nineteenth century.
  • The Grotto of Brais (dedicated to the Virgin Mary).
  • Within the village boundaries there are seven watermills on the Couesnon river. These are mainly paper mills.
  • The cyclopean Wall of Orange (from the Iron Age).
  • A trough-shaped granite sarcophagus, first mentioned in 1020, located at the door to the church.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

All these links are in French.