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St-Pôtan - Origins
Origin of the name: the first written traces of the church at St-Pôtan date back to a Papal Bull of 1163 by Alexander III, which confi rms that it was owned by St-Jacut Abbey.
The commune perhaps owes its name to Potentin, a disciple of St. Colomban, who left Ireland in the 6th Century to preach the gospel in the area, where he seems to have founded a small monastery, which was the basis of the community. Saint Pôtan, who has his statue in the church, is shown with a crook, which indicates that he was in charge of an abbey.
But the evangelist did not stop there by chance; the territory had been occupied since ancient times, as various discoveries have shown: for the Gaulish period there is a coin and a gold piece of jewelry, known as the “St-Pôtan half-moon”, which are in the St-Germain-en-Laye museum (near Paris); for the Roman period, there is a milestone, re-used as the base of a cross 100 metres from the church, and also the Roman road between Corseul and Erquy, the line of which can be followed from the Ville Echet towards Maupas, then it reappears at La Heussaie and Launay-Gouyon (D17).
St-Pôtan - Heritage
Once there were 24 manor houses or châteaux within the Saint-Pôtan boundaries. There are still some beautiful properties, all private, which can be admired as you walk around. They include: manoir de La Ville Even, manoir du Prémorvan, and manoir des Froides Fontaines. St. Peter’s Church, which was rebuilt in the 19th Century, has kept an older beautiful granite porch and has a superb 1675 altar piece and a statue of St.Sebastian, which are both listed monuments. There are 15 crosses on surrounding roads, the two most interesting being at the crossroads at La Ville Echet (low cross with a plinth and fl attened arms typical of the Carolingian period) and the Chauvel Cross at Le Clos Georget.
The commune also has a number of charming natural sites, which are lovely to stroll around, such as the lake, l’étang de La Roche, where you can fish and there are picnic facilities (including a shelter).
• Area: 1989 hectares
• Population: 812 Pôtanais
There is authorised fishing at l’étang de La Roche: you need a permit, available at the bar/tobacconist Le Nautil, at a reasonable rate. The Tourist Office can tell you the dates when trout are released and when there are competitions.