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A-Z of the Communes in the Deux-Sèvres A-Z of the Communes of the Deux-Sèvres. by Sue  Burgess CLESSÉ The   village   of   Clessé   is   part   of   the   Communauté   de   communes   Terre  de   Sèvres.     The  inhabitants   of   the   village  are   known   as  les   Clesséens   and   les  Clesséennes.     At  the  time  of  the  last  census  the   population   of   Clessé   was  923.     The   village   boasts  an   infant   and   junior  school.    The  river  Cébron  flows  through  the  commune. The   commune  has  a  bakery  and  a  new  bar   has  just  opened   with   newspapers  and  groceries.

revolution. The  masses   were  very  popular  until   the   Republican   authorities  put  a  stop  to  them. • The  ruins  of  Villegué The  only  part  of  this  fortified  house  that  is  still  standing  is  a  large   round  tower   with  thick  walls  with  arrow  slits.     There  is   also  part   of  the  main   building  with  doors  and  arched  windows.    There  is   a   pigeon  loft  at  the  back. • La  Voie  Verte The   Voie   Verte   is   the   old   Parthenay/Bressuire   railway   line.   Nowadays  it  is  a  walkway  for   pedestrians  and  cyclists.  The  Voie   Verte  was  opened  in  2005  and  is  30  km   long.  You  can  us  it  in  all   weathers. • The  crosses  and  calvary There   are   many   simple  crosses   and   calvaries   which   are   larger   monuments.  In  the  village  centre  on  the  road  to  Laubrecais  there   is  a  calvary  which  dates  from  a  mission  in  1868.  Originally  it  was   a   wooden   cross  on  a  high   base.   In  1881  it  was  completed   with   five   other   statues.  In   1892  the  wooden   cross   was  replaced   by   a   cross  in  granite.  The  two  side  staircases  were  added  in  1934.   On   the  road  to  la  Chapelle  (route  de  la  Gourbeillerie  et  la  Gare)   :   The   calvary   of   Peu   was   erected   after   the  1910   mission   and   a   procession  of  over  2000  people.  The  calvary  was  built  on  a  mill.  It   is  16  metres  high  with  an  8  metre  high  cross.  

A  VOIR  /  MUST  SEE • La  Formnière Four  beautiful  mullion   windows  and  three  skylights  light  up   the   facade   of   this   old  manor   house  built  in   1577.  The   crest   of   the   Maynard  family  with  a  boar's  head   and  a  lion  can  be  seen  on  the   triangular   fronton   of   the   main   door.   The   building  still  has  some   large   chimneys. The   Fortinière   is  a  private   property.    

• Route de   Parthenay   and   route   d’Amailloux:   An   important   ceremony   was   organised   in   1945   for   the   inauguration   of   this   calvary.   • Route  de  Moncoutant  and  route  de  Boismé  :  A  virgin  on  a  stand. • La  Roche  Gabard This   doorway   is   characteristic   of   the   XVIIth   century.   It   had   a   pedestrian   doorway  and  a  doorway  for   carriages.  The   archway   was  sculpted  with   the   crest   of   the  Menard  family  and   the  date   1688.

• Les Fréaux The  small   holding  and   the  pond   of  les  Fréaux   b e l o n g e d   t o   t h e   monks   of   the   abbey   of   l'Absie   from   the   middle   of   the   XIVth   century   but   the  property  was  confiscated   during  the  revolution  and  sold  in  1793. The   property  is   owned   by  the   MENARD  family  who   have  three   high  quality  gites  and  15  fishing   sites  at   the  "logis  et   l’Étang  des   Fréaux".   • Saint  Ambroise  Chapel The   chapel   was  built   in  the  XVIIth  century  and   enlarged   at   the   end  of  the  XVIIIth   century.  The   chapel   is  found  in  the  middle  of   the  fields  a  few  hundred  metres  from  the  Clessé/Boismé   road.  It   is  close  to  a  spring  which   is  said  to  have  therapeutic  virtues.    The   water  is  supposed  to  heal  headaches.   During  the   revolution,  secret   masses   were   held   in   the   chapel.   They   were   celebrated   by  priests   who   did   not   agree   with   the  

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