name "Cerqueux sous Passavant"
originates from a cemetery of sarcophagus located close to the
brook “Le Pont Moreau”.
faithful were able to pray in the cemetery, located in “Sarcophagi”.
During the 11th century, Lord Sigebran of Passavant built a
church here, which it entrusted to the monks of the abbey of
Saint Jouin de Marnes. The cry of Sigebran "Pass before,
the best" was adopted afterwards as a patronymic name and
transmitted to the family and estate. It was also at this time
that the parish "Sarcophagi" was created, which
subsequently became the parish Serqueuils de Passavant in 1594.
Its present day name, "Cerqueux
sous Passavant", came into
effect in 1796.
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Cerqueux sous Passavant during the War of the Vendée
the Guerres de Vendée,
troops of General Bonnaire knew that the people of Cerqueux-sous-Passavant
had food, and so on 21st January 1794, traveled to Cerqueux so
as to lay their hands on it. Once they arrived, they killed the
inhabitants and set fire to their houses.
Martin of Vertou’s church
current church of the Cerqueux-sous-Passavant
was built in 1727-1728 on the site of a first church. In 1863,
works were carried out in the church thanks to the financial
support of the local factory.
new restoration of the church started in 1928.
castle of Landes was built in the Middle Ages but only one large
ogival gate remains. Strengthened in 16th century during the
Hundred Years’ War, this castle was completely rebuilt in
Today the castle, which cannot be visited, is known to house
Bisonland, a park of bisons and fallow deer.
is also marked by the legends about fairies. In 3rd, 4th and 5th
centuries, colonies of Bretons settled in Cerqueux, bringing
with them their beliefs.
Thus the worship of the fairy "Couarde" was introduced,
which means "Witch". She gave her name to a fountain
close to the commune. It took several centuries to put an end to
Charlemagne had to prohibit the worship of the fountains and