Make the most of your stay in Loudéac to discover all the historical and cultural richness of Brittany!
Discover the centre of Brittany and create many memories! Loudéac is a French town situated in the Côtes-d'Armor department, in Brittany. Its inhabitants are known as Loudéaciens or Loudéaciennes. The town is made up of 9,661 inhabitants.
A bit of history...
Towards the middle of the 11th century, a mention of ‘Loudéac’ appeared for the first time, inscribed in the foundation charter of the Ste Croix de Josselin priory, situated in Morbihan.
In 1263 Loudéac took on the title of a parish. In the middle of the 16th century, the linen industry appeared in Loudéac. A few years afterwards, the first printing works was built by Jean du Gué de l’Isle. At the end of the century, an enormous battle named the ‘Battle of the Three Crosses’ broke out in Loudéac, caused by the Wars of Religion. At the end of the 18th century came the creation of the commune of Loudéac.Loudéac was thus established as the administrative centre of the district. Towards 1800 Loudéac became administrative centre of the wider area. It was in this period that the fabric industry was emerging. 21st September 1803 was an important and memorable date in Loudéac’s heritage: a terrible fire broke out on the Rue de Cadélac and in the Château.
At the start of the 20th century, electricity and running water made their appearance in Loudéac. Over time the Loudéac area became henceforth part of the district of St Brieuc. Another date marked Loudéac during this century: 4th July 1944, which marked the tragedy of the Resistance in Loudéac’s forest. Loudéac is also responsible for founding the first Medical Health Centre in France, in the 1950s.
The Saint-Nicolas Church
This church was built by Jean Gueno du Chesne, a Loudéac entrepreneur, in the 18th century. The first stone of the church was blessed on 24th September 1758, and the church opened its doors 10 years after. You can find there numerous sculptures, like the high altar with a wooden and marble ciborium. The wrought-iron Hosanna cross, and the marble statues of Saint Maurice and Saint Nicolas.
The Musée des Métiers - La Chèze
This old tannery situated on the edge of the river Lié, surrounded by greenery and built by the Allaire family at the end of the 19th century, today houses the Musée Régional des Métiers (Museum of the Loom). The workshops have been reconstructed to allow visitors to relive the history and constraints of the population in the previous century. Among other things, you can discover there the slate works, the carpentry, the printing press and much more. This site houses innumerable treasures, such as a collection of thousands of tools, tracing the history of craftspeople’s expertise.
From the blacksmith’s forge to that of the carpenter, passing by the pedal-powered printing press to the clog maker’s hatchet, and much more. Many forgotten and old tools are again on display at the museum, across the different workshops. Here you can find an exceptional machine, which is one of a kind. It is the printing press of the Independent Mail Service of Loudéac, which printed 2000 pages daily from 1950 to 1984.
The House of Archaeology - Plussulien
The ‘Maison de l’Archéologie’ displays and offers to its visitors the various methods of polishing and shaping of ornaments and various objects which have come from the excavations at the site of Quelfénec.
The museum also explains how the manufacture of the different axes extracted from the site revived commercial trade.
In fact, some axes have been found as far as Belgium, Germany and, more surprisingly, in the south of England.
The Guette-Es-Lièvres Mill
This water mill, which is notable for possessing two mill wheels, situated on the edge of the Lié river, was used to grind grain. Today, training courses in traditional bread-making are organised there. After this course, go and discover all the mills on the Lié.