church of St Nicodeme
of Pontivy at Plumeliau, turning west towards St Nicolas des Eaux,
one passes the impressive church of St Nicodeme. Situated in a small
hamlet set in a fold in the landscape, the elegant church spire rises
apparently in isolation in the middle of the wheat or maize fields.
The road continues on down to the river at St Nicolas. At the
beginning of the 20th Century, St Nicolas was an important trading
port linked by barge via Lorient to Wales. Trade was principally the
import of foodstuffs, coal and fertiliser and the export of pit
props. The village is set on the east side of the river facing the
escarpment (or bluff) of Castenac, round which the Blavet turns back
on itself in a horseshoe bend.