Any bridge that pre-dates World War II in the Loire Valley is a very lucky survivor. Many bridges were destroyed during the War, by both sides, to disrupt troop movements. You can clearly see the remains of the old bridge between Chaumont-sur-Loire and Onzain in this photo - the grassy hummocks in mid-stream mark the old piers. The new bridge is to the left.
UPDATE: Simon has just found this excellent page (in French) on the history of the old bridge, with a photo of the damage in 1940.
Live Action Heritage Conservation
Heritage conservation work is going on all the time in the Touraine Loire
Valley chateaux. These days the best practice approach is to ensure the
Susan was born in Victoria, but moved to Queensland when she was 11. Simon was born in London, but moved to Canberra when he was 7, and to Queensland when he was 28. In 1997 they moved to London. Susan worked for a large heritage and nature conservation trust and Simon taught music technology at tertiary level.
Now we live in Preuilly-sur-Claise, a small town with a population of less than 1000 people in the south of the Loire Valley. We write about the restoration of our house, the history of our local area, nature, cooking and anything else that strikes us as interesting. When we are not blogging we run Loire Valley Time Travel, doing individually tailored tours of the Touraine for anglophone visitors in our classic Citroën, Célestine.
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