La Glacerie

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La Glacerie
Coat of arms of La Glacerie
La Glacerie (France)
La Glacerie
local community Cherbourg-en-Cotentin
region Normandy
Department Some
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Coordinates 49 ° 37 ′  N , 1 ° 36 ′  W Coordinates: 49 ° 37 ′  N , 1 ° 36 ′  W
Post Code 50470
Former INSEE code 50203
Incorporation January 1, 2016
status Commune déléguée

The La Glacerie Racecourse (Hippodrome de la Glacerie).

La Glacerie is a village and a commune déléguée in the French commune of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin with 6,142 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Manche department in the Normandy region . The inhabitants call themselves glacériens .


The municipality is located southeast of Cherbourg . La Glacerie is traversed by the rivers Divette and Trottebec (-bec means river, cf. German brook). Next to the former RN13 road, which leads steeply down to Cherbourg, the municipality is characterized by an urban character, while in the Village de la Verrerie, formerly Village de l'Église, it has lost none of its originally rural character.

With 18.70 km² it was the largest municipality in the canton of Tourlaville.

In terms of transport links, La Glacerie is operated by that of the Manche department with the (Manéo) line 001 Cherbourg - Valognes - Carentan - Saint-Lô .

Adjacent municipalities are:


In German roughly means Glashütte .


La Glacerie only came into being when a glassworks was built in the 18th century. In the past, only the Forêt de Brix forest was in the area .

Richard Lucas de Néhou, the owner of the glassworks in 1655, knew how to use the felled wood. He built a glass factory in the Trottebec valley. He supplied u. a. the Versailles Palace as part of the “Manufacture royale de glaces de miroirs”. A hamlet called Village des Verriers was built around the factory. The glass factory was shut down in 1834. The factory buildings were completely destroyed during an Allied bombing in 1944. Only the chapel was spared and later converted into accommodation.

In 1901 Tourlaville gave up part of its territory, so that the municipality of La Glacerie was created. Henri Menut, former mayor of Tourlaville, later became mayor of the town himself and founded a glass museum. On January 1, 2016, the municipality was merged with other municipalities to form the municipality of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin .


One of the main sources of income is the "La Banque à Genêts" shopping area. Cotentin with the Auchan hypermarket.
In la Glacerie, slate was extracted from a quarry. A former quarry is located in Hameau Truffert. There, Cambrian slate was quarried on the banks of the Trottebec, about 1200 m north of the church of La Glacerie. The community is located in the Armorican massif . The typical houses in Cherbourg mostly have clad facades made of slate.


  • Village de la Verrerie: Village of the glass workers
  • La Glacerie Museum in a renovated 19th century farm
  • Notre-Dame church 20th century
  • Saint-Michel Chapel (1963)
  • Manor la Fieffe (17th century), was on the list of historical monuments included
  • Roches Castle (1871)
  • La Roche au Chat manor
  • Musée de La Glacerie in a renovated 19th century farm
  • Notre-Dame church (20th century)
  • Saint-Michel Chapel (1963)
  • La Fieffe manor house (17th century) [6]
  • Roches Castle (1871)
  • La Roche au Chat manor

The Cherbourger Race Horse Track is in La Glacerie, as is the local golf course.


  • Richard Lucas, sieur de Néhou : In 1655 he founded the La Glacerie glassworks.
  • Marie-Ernestine Serret was a painter who was born in Paris on September 12, 1812 and died in 1884. She was buried in La Glacerie. Her brother Joseph Serret was a mathematician who had contributed to the further development of differential geometry with the Frenet formulas .
  • Hélène-Renée Cabart-Dannenberg Ville ( 1891 - 1974 ), a painter, her paintings show an attachment to their home La Glacerie.

Individual evidence

  1. Map of Manéo (French)
  2. René Lepelley. Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de communes de Normandie . Presses Universitaires de Caen . Page 134.
  3. Guide geologique Normandie Maine. 2nd edition. Editions Dunod. Page 82.
  4. Manoir de la Fieffe in the Base Mérimée of the French Ministry of Culture (French).