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La Châtre in Indre Département, Région Centre Val de Loire, France
 

Pont des Cabignats

 
 
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By Eric Fonce, August 11, 2017
1. Pont des Cabignats Marker
Inscription. Le pont des Cabignats a pris le nom déformé de la famille Escabignat, de riches bourgeois qui firent une donation pour l'aménagement du pont.

De chaque côté, on peut voir les maison de bois, anciennes tanneries avec leurs séchoirs avançant sur L'Indre.
La proximité de l'eau permettait de tremper les peaux qui étaient, après de nombreuses étapes, mises à sécher dans les greniers. L'industrie du cuir dans la région connut un essor important. En 1811, on dénombrait 18 tanneries à La châtre, soit la plus grande concentration de cette profession dans l'Indre. Elles ont fermé les unes après les autres à la fin du 19ème siècle tout comme les nombreux moulins implantés le long de l'Indre.


[English translation:]

The Cabignats Bridge takes its name from the Escabignats, a wealthy, bourgeois family who made a donation for the construction of the bridge.

On each side, we can see the wooden houses, old tanneries with their driers, on the banks of the L'Indre River.
The proximity to water allowed for the soaking of the skins which were, after many stages, put to dry in the attics. The leather industry in the region grew significantly. In 1811, there were 18 tanneries in La Châtre, the largest concentration of this industry in the Indre (area). They closed one after another at the end of the 19th Century, just like the many mills located along the Indre.

(Marker Number 11.)
 
Location. 46° 

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By Eric Fonce, August 11, 2017
2. Pont des Cabignats Marker
35.009′ N, 1° 59.464′ E. Marker is in La Châtre, Région Centre Val de Loire, in Indre Département. Marker is at the intersection of Rue du Maquis on Rue du Maquis. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9 Rue du Maquis, La Châtre, Région Centre Val de Loire 36400, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fontaine Sainte-Radegonde (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); La Bataille de Bir Hakeim / The Battle of Bir Hakeim (about 180 meters away); Maison rue des Pavillons (about 210 meters away); La maison du Chevalier d'Ars (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Place du Docteur Vergne (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Plaque Commémorative de Jean Pacton (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Place du Marché / Market Square (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Hôtel de Villaines (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Châtre.
 
More about this marker. The marker is found mounted to the front of the house (9 Rue du Maquis) next to the bridge.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsIndustry & Commerce
 
<i>La Châtre - Les Tanneries Sur L'Indre - vue du Pont des Cabignats</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by A. Dumas, La Châtre, circa 1910
3. La Châtre - Les Tanneries Sur L'Indre - vue du Pont des Cabignats
This postcard, taken from the same perspective as the card on the marker (although not identical to it), shows the tanneries along the Indre. Note the drying skins, visible above the woman on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2018, by Eric Fonce of La Châtre, France. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 16, 2018, by Eric Fonce of La Châtre, France.   3. submitted on February 16, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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