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(Left to Right, Village Plan, Tregarantec
As part of our visit to
Brittany, tracing St Caranog, we also visited Trégarantec, a small
village of 492 inhabitants, which is located inland and to the Southeast
our visit, the Church was locked, so we were unable to obtain any
photographs of the interior. (This was the only Church in Brittany that
we found locked)
As is common in France,
all villages and towns have their own Town Hall and Mayor, which
administers the 'Commune' and Tregarantec was no exception.
To one side of the
Church was the village square and a single shop which was also a Cafe,
Bar, Bakers, Grocer and also sold Petrol.
communication from Anne Dumas in Carantec, that the Church in
is not dedicated
to Saint Carantec, only the village.
May I tell you that in
Trégarantec, the church is not dedicated to saint Carantec. It is only
the village. In Breton language, Tré, means dependent on, Garantec,
means Carantec. Numerous breton villages or towns have a name beginning
by Tré, meaning that they are dependent on an other village or town.
Trégarantec means that, in the ancient time, this village had to give an
annual tax to Carantec village. It was only a question of administration
and money... ! "
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Rear view of St Carantec Church
Village Centre, with Shop in
information has been taken from
Dr Stephen's scholarly
"Material for a History of the
Church and Parish
of S. Crantock".
The Saints of Cornwall, by Gilbert H.
Trégarantec is a
village, a few kilometres to the Southeast of Lesneven. The patron Saint
of the parish is
It possesses a reliquary, of the date 1583, on which are the words
Sancte Ternoce, ora pro nobis, and
this fact has given rise to a legend that the original name of
Trégarantec was Treff - Illy
because the inhabitants charitably received the people of Plouider, who
were infected by the plague and had been abandoned by their neighbours.
A place called
is mentioned in a
charter by which Count Hoel in 1069 gave to the monastery of Holy Cross
at Quimperlé Logamand, a dependence of the parish of La Forest-
Fouensant, near Concarneau.
Abbé Perrott, rector of
Scriganac, says that there is a heath in the parish of Plougerneau in
Léon called Lannig ar C'haradec, and a farm close by called Llangrannog.
Close by is a chapel, now dedicated to S. Claud, with a statue
representing a bishop with a child at his feet.
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