The church of Saint-Vigor

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Coordinates: 49°35′36″N 1°18′09″W / 49.5933°N 1.3025°W / 49.5933; -1.3025Coordinates: 49°35′36″N 1°18′09″W / 49.5933°N 1.3025°W / 49.5933; -1.3025
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg-Octeville
Canton Quettehou (Chef-lieu)
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Val de Saire
  Mayor (20082014) Jean-Pierre Lemyre
Area1 16.17 km2 (6.24 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,544
  Density 95/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50417 / 50630
Elevation 1–104 m (3.3–341.2 ft)
(avg. 10 m or 33 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Quettehou is a commune in the Manche department in north-western France.


The town of Quettehou is located at the North-East tip of the peninsula of Cotentin in an area called Val de Saire, the vale of the river Saire.


The creation of Quettehou dates back to the Viking invasions when Ketil, chief of a Viking tribe, decided to settle at the top of the hill dominating the bay of Morsalines. With time, Ketil's hill (Ketil holm) became known as Quettehou.

The Black Prince was knighted in the local church by his father, King Edward III of England on July 12th, 1346 prior to the Battle of Crécy.[1]

See also


  1. Jones, Robert (2011). Knight:The Warrior and World of Chivalry. Osprey Publishing. p. 122. ISBN 978-1-84908-312-6.
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