Moulin d’Anguitard - Chasseneuil du Poitou
A 19th century mill standing in the heart of cultural activities and water sports
The imposing sight of the mill overlooking the Clain River and the valley stands out. Surrounded by water, at the island’s extremity, the garden and its flower bedecked bandstand lend a sense of calm to the site.
impasse du moulin d'Anguitard
86360 Chasseneuil du Poitou
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THE MILL’S HISTORY
Built in the 19th century, the water mill ground corn. Access to the mill is by the “Roman” bridge. Built around 1850, this hydraulic steam mill ground corn for bread. The great wheel inside provided 50% of the energy, the rest being produced by the turbines – steam originally, then electric. Production increased from 1945 with 100 quintals of flour per day. Flour was taken from here to non-corn growing regions of France and even exported to the Ukraine suffering from the war. Industrial milling ended in the 1970’s. Before this mill, another smaller one, Anjoumard mill, stood opposite the wash house and was reached by a wooden bridge from the “rue de l’église”.
A MILL AT THE HEART OF CULTURAL AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES
The mill figures in Chasseneuil du Poitou’s logo and is at the heart of the town’s cultural and leisure activities .
Indeed, the mill is the cultural centre of the town ; associations and municipal activities meet here: Chasseneuillais come for music, dance, theatre, poetry, art, handicrafts throughout the year.
Around twelve art exhibitions – paintings, sculpture, photographs- are held each year in the trophy room and open to the public.
Each year the Tourist information office hosts National Heritage Days here to promote the Anguitard Mill through exhibitions and artistic workshops, small concerts, street theatre productions, craft demonstrations and other leisure activities (wooden toys, poney rides…).
A FLOURISHING KAYAK CLUB
Water sports flourish here too in the form of the Canoë Kayak Club de Chasseneuil du Poitou. Canoes and kayaks are rented out to the public on the banks of the Clain by the Mill during the summer. On Wednesday evenings throughout July and August, the club organises supervised outings on the Clain starting out from the Anguitard Mill (Prior booking at the Tourist information office).