The Meu and the Garun
And if you told the whole story aboard a canoe? It is even better because we discover the city from another eye. Our favorite moment is when we arrive under the bridge and we wonder if it happens or not ... but of course it passes, and it's worth it because we arrive at the level of the laundry Colombier, just behind we see the former dryer which also served as public baths. Another effort and two paddles after we find ourselves in front of the Moulin des Plates at the confluence of Meu and Garun. To be this privileged book well your places !
In addition to playing a protective role in the Middle Ages, the waters of the Meu served to the various mills of the country: the Montfort mill and the tan mill which were used for the manufacture of tan (obtained by grinding oak bark. in powder, they were used for tanning the skins). Until the beginning of the XXth century, tanneries were the main handicraft activity of the city..
This beautiful building was built on the old moat, hence its rounded shape. It was a laundry dryer cleaned by the washerwomen, an element common to tanneries dryers and tobacco drying racks. On the ground floor there were bath cabins equipped with bathtubs! Besides, go around you will see the inscription "baths" on one of the facades.
In the twentieth century, a dozen laundries were located on the banks of the Meu and Garun. The Boulevard Colombier was built to meet the many requests of washerwomen. There was even a washing boat near the bridge of Coulon. ©Yann Nenning
Over time, the activity of the city was organized and built around the river. It was an important resource for the industry, the economy and the daily life of Montfort..