Do you know this little village called Villevêque?
This village was not always called Villevêque. In 1259, it was called "Vila Pariocha Evesque" in 1289 "Villelévesque" in 1292 "Burgus, castraum Villa Episcopi" then "the Bishop House" which became in the late 16 th century "Villevêque." At that time the town was dominated by its castle, which was the residence of the bishops of Angers, which explains its name. Villevêque combines rich heritage and modernity: the medieval tower of the church is one of the most beautiful of Anjou
The municipality of Villevêque is located in the Maine-et-Loire region of the Loire. It is located 14 km north-east of Angers , along the River Loir. The range of Villevêque is one of only three natural water points of the Maine and Loire.
Villevêque covers 28.03 km square, the municipalities that surround it are Briollay, Corzé, Pellouailles-Les-Vignes and Soucelles. In 1962, consisted of one Villevêque thousand three hundred four inhabitants in 1962 there were one thousand three hundred seventeen. And in 2008, there were two thousand seven hundred and sixty five residents since the last census. The people of Villevêque are called Villevêquois and Villevêquoises.
demographic changes :
-1962 There were 1,304 people
-1968 There were 1,317 people
-1975 There were 1,701 people
-1982 There were 2,207 people
-1990 There were 2,432 people
-1999 There were 2,607 people
-2006 There were 2,722 people
-2008 There were 2,765 people
Villevêque also historical monuments such as the castle:
The castle was the residence of Villevêque Episcopal bishops of Angers. This residence was mentioned as far back as 1025 by Hubert de Vendôme.François de Rohan was one of the last bishops to reside in Villevêque in the early 16 th century. He was suspected of having developed a niche secret niche to hide a hundred thousand crowns. At the time, the bishops used the underground to go to the castle of Angers. Castle Villevêque was sold as national property in 1791. But in 2003 the city of Angers received the legation of its owner, Mr. Daniet Duclaux. Thus, the castle is classified as Villevêque Castle Museum and attached to the Museum of Fine Arts in Angers.
Castle Villevêque there is a century:
Castle Villevêque today:
Villevêque was also a railway line. The train that came to be called the small Villevêque Anjou. It served Angers and Saumur through all the communes of northern Maine-et-Loire (eg cuttlefish, Corzé, Cornillé-les-caves, Maze, the minitré and Saumur). Villevêque station was in the "mouth". But it is gone now, however we can still find the rails in some places.
The second monument is the "memorial.":
In 1919, the memorial was built at the northeast corner of the cemetery. It was a monument pyramid provided by torch of the house of Anjou.
Indeed, after the incredible "butchery" of the 1914-1918 war the city was quick to consider drawing up a memorial to soldiers killed in Villevêque. The numbers are there … huge!
The municipality had a project well under way even before the prefectural incentive circular of 10 October 1919.
On February 16, 1919, City Council voted unanimously the principle of erecting a monument to the soldiers to raise the common "Died for France".
On June 16, 1919, it deliberated for the erection of a monument at the northeast corner of the cemetery. This pyramid-shaped monument was provided by the house of Angers torch. An appropriation of 10,000 francs was voted for this purpose.On October 28, 1920 was the inauguration of the monument, including an old postcard keep as a the memory souvenir. It is the physician of the time, Dr. Leseyeux. This monument remained at the northeast corner of the cemetery until 1993.
In 1993 the monument was moved to the center of town, bordering the park. On three of its four faces of the monument, you can see the names:
-seventy-four deaths in the Great War
-four deaths from that of 1939-45
-two died from the war in Indochina
-the death of the war in Algeria.
This monument in the heart of the town perpetuates the memory of all those unfortunate young people in Villevêque, died for us to live. Let us never forget. On November 11, 2000, a monument was erected next to the monument and inaugurated in memory of the Kern family, a Jewish family who fled to Villevêque, where she had been under house arrest by the French authorities at the time, who collaborated with the the enemy. This family was deported in 1942.
The list below summarizes the number of deaths in various wars over the past two centuries:
- Napoleonic Wars, 1803-1814: 28 young people died in the four corners of Europe
- Conquest of Algeria (1830-1857): At least 1 dead
- War of 1870-1871: 6 dead
- War of 1914-1918: 69 dead (The fact that figure 64 of the War Memorial)
- War 1939-1945: seven dead. (The fact that Figure 4 of the War Memorial).
- Indochina War (1946-1954): 2 dead, military career
- War in Algeria (1954-1962): A death, a career soldier.
(Source: Municipal Archives)
In addition, Villevêque once had a camping.In fact, it was not very big but every year it was full.
The townspeople came there with their children to relax. There were often children who were ardent campers, my mother told me about it more than once .
They looked forward to the holidays to see their friends, girlfriends who went there camping and each year and weekends.
When I posed this question to people in Villevêque the age of my mother: Can you tell me about the camp there was a Villevêque before?
They all have that little voice that speaks with great emotion. And full of memories to tell.
That is all they tell me their child every time.
Villevêque some pictures of the past:
Here are some pictures of Villevêque today:
That's where I live.
In the commune of Villevêque I speak mainly used Villevêque because for me is more important before present.Because before, the inhabitants of the municipalities did not have all that we have now, and they did not complain. I especially like the elderly and hearing my mother tell me about Villevêque in the past. For example and more especially when I talk about Villevêque in wartime.
So that is why I wanted to talk about this.
And here are some plans Villevêque: