Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Saint Ustre

Tower, Saint Ustre, Vienne, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
One of three towers of the old chateau.

 

There isn't much to Saint Ustre. On one edge of the village there is a large equestrian centre. On the high ground there is an extensive old walled enclosure. You can see the ruin of an 11th century church but not much else. Inside the perimeter wall is a grand 18th century house and a camp ground. 

Saint Ustre, Vienne, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
This is more or less the whole of Saint Ustre.

 

It's in Vienne, near Ingrandes and Chatellerault. Below the village is the site of a large First World War military camp. It is now the industrial estate for Ingrandes. 

Tower, Saint Ustre, Vienne, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Ruined church tower.

 

During the Second World War the Germans took over the military camp and it was heavily bombed by the Allies in July 1944, causing it to be abandoned. After the War it was home to a French artillery regiment, then it was an American military base until 1967, with a thousand American servicemen based there and an equal number of French staff employed on the base. Around the time the Americans departed the rubber boot and outdoor apparel manufacturer Aigle moved their factory shop and administration on to the site. [Link] There are also two foundries making parts for Renault and a distribution centre for a supermarket buying cooperative. Altogether they employ around 1500 people.

Houses in Saint Ustre, Vienne, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Houses and vegetable gardens.

Ruined church, Saint Ustre, Vienne, France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.
Ruined church.


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