Couple de KérégalHistorique
Avant proposBefore going further , I would like to point out that this short presentation can't relate all Plouha's story .However , I hope it will make feel like knowing more about this little town.



                The earliest reference to the town dates back to 1198, in a Papal Bull of Pope Innocent III .

                The origins of the namePlouha are quite vague.In fact, several therories argue over its ethymology. One of them, reputed as the most likable, says that Plouha comes from "plou" (parish) and "Aza" or "Adda", saint or chief who could have given his name to the town in the VIth or VIIth century.

Port Moguer en 1904
Port Moguer in 1904

                The site of Plouha is very old. This was testified in 1879 with the discovery of 12 bronze axes. Those axes are now in RENNES' Museum.
                Traces of the Iron Age are also visible nowadays, like this cut stone that can be seen in front of the chapel of the Trinity and the purpose of which remains unclear.

                In the Middle Ages (from the XIIth century), the town was led by the Counts of Goëlo who would have six churches built among which that of Plouha.
                From  the XVth to the XVIIIth century, the Lords of Plouha were successively the Rohan, Guéméné et Montbazon.The other noble people belonged to a very poor nobility.
 

Plouha au début du XXème siècle
Plouha at the beginning of the XXth century

         The Revolution period was marked by the "Chouannerie" that knew a big activity.
    Hence, in March 1794, some hundreds of Chouans waited in vain a maritime English resupplying on the beach le Palus..
            Later, 19th Pluviose year VIII (8th February 1800) a group of Chouans pillaged the citizen's houses and assassinated some of them. One of them was even burried alive.
 

La gare de Plouha en 1910


PLOUHA's station in 1910





En 1910, après l'office





Women and kids after mass in 1910





         Plouha also has o closer history. In fact, in November 1943, Lucien DUMAIS and Raymond LABROSSE (2 Franco-Canadians) came to organise and lead the "Shelburn" network, the purpose of which was to get back the Alllied airmen who had been shot down and bring them bak to England. They were taken in various places in FRANCE and given shelter by families in PLOUHA or its surroundings, all this, of course, without the nazi occupying forces knowing.
                Before embarkation, 20 to 25 airmen were gathered in the house (code name : Maison d'Alphonse) where Marie and Jean GICQUEL lived   and then guided, by night,n through the moor, by locals from PLOUHA..
They would get to l'Anse Cochat (code name''plage Bonaparte'') where light boats were waiting to bring them to a British corvete in the open sea.

                It is so that 135 people, American, Canadian airmen and secret agents were evacuated


Stèle


Stèle plage ''Bonaparte''





Stèle à l'ancien emplacement de la maison d'Alphonse





Commmorative plaque on
the site where
the ''Maison d'Alphonse'' was