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Report 1980: Megaliths, Parish Closes and Cider - Part 1 Southern Finistère

By Eleanor from UK, Fall 2011

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Page 7 of 26: Around Guengat - Plogonnec and Le Juch

photo by MAW

Proccessional banner in St Thurien church, Plogonnec

Plogonnec is larger than Guengat with a large SuperU on the Guengat turn. This has an excellent range of fresh food and is a nice place to shop. Plogonnec has a bakers in the main square but the butchers shop had a notice saying it was shutting from 10th September. We didn’t know whether this was for the winter or permanently.

Plogonnec church is 16thC with a massive stone tower with open belfry and two bells. On either side are smaller towers with stairs.

This again is a big church with three large altars with gilt carvings across the east end and several side altars. The chancel roof is painted blue with a decorative painted border and ribs. The windows are 16thC stained glass. There are carvings of saints on the walls and pillars as well as processional banners.

Between Plogonnec and Le Juch there is a turn off signed to Chapelle St-Pierre. It was built in 1608 and is on the edge of Bois de Nevet, a large area of deciduous and coniferous woodland with many footpaths. There is an old house next to the chapel but no other settlement. It had been a large and important building with carved doorway and separate round tower giving access to the belfry. The windows are now blocked with wood and it looks very shut.

Le Juch must once have been an important settlement but is now a shadow of its former self. It has kept a small bar but no other shops. There are many nice old houses including a very large building at the top of the street which used to be a bar and epicerie but is now long shut. It must have been an important building as it had a splendid fireplace and assorted buildings and sheds behind.

An old gentleman came across with a key to let us into the church and found an English leaflet for me. He enjoyed pointing out all the highlights including St Michael and the devil and photographs of the Pardon.

It is light and airy inside the church. There are nice stained glass windows and large altars with statues on either side. There is a carved pulpit and a statue of St Sebastian in the back corner with his body pierced with arrows.

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