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La Gaubretiere

Situated in the Haut Bocage this ancient town has been inhabited since prehistoric times, the nearby menhir "roche Bouc" and the Gallo Roman bridge are evidence of its inportance. The Town was under the control of the Lords of Tiffauges during the middle ages and there are some well preserved buildings from this period (chateau du Vieux Landebaudiere and Manoir de la Soudelache)

The church is 19th Century and houses a bell of the 15th century.
Markets are on Mondays with the 3rd Monday of the month specialising on poultry.
The town is known as the "Panteon de la Vendee" for it is the resting place of many who faught in the Wars of the Vendee.
The residence of the town were eagar to join the conflict and on 13th March1793 some 2000 peasants gathered and the same took Herbiers,Tiffages and Montagne-sur-Sevre.
The town was attacked twice by the Republican troops in 1793 & 1794.
On the 27th February 1974 500 of the towns inhabitants, men women and children, were massacred by the "Colomnes infernale". In all the town was to lose 1200 of its original 1700 inhabitants during the conflict.
The Cemetary contains the victims of the war including several of the leaders of the Vendeen troops.
One of the generals, Charles-Henri Sapinaud survived the war and become the towns first Mayor (before the Revolution the town had been controlled by the priests) he died in 1929.


Chateau de Landebaudiere The chateau was built in 1786 by Pierre-prosper de Boisy the Marquis de Boisy, in 1788 the Duc d'elbee was married there, he was to become the future General in chief of the Vendeen army during the wars of the Vendee, the chateau also sheltered the Marquis de Bonchamp after he was wounded.
The Marquis de Boisy was executed along with General d'Elbee at the castle of Noirmoutier on the 7th January 1794.
Today the chateau is owned by the conseil-general of the vendee and is a library, a multimedia center and forms other social functions.

Beer and Music festival early April.

RestaurantsCheval Blanc. 3 place Sapinaud.  Tel. 02 51 91 06 97.

TaxisLe Guen Patrick. 6, rue drillais,  Tel. 02 51 66 62 27.
          
Taxis de la Frerie. 11,rue Frerie.  Tel.02 51 66 63 45.


Images of Gaubretiere and Chateau de Landebaudiere




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