Thourotte: "A Town's Reconstruction with the Saint-Gobain Trail"

Circuit de Saint Gobain

"Red Line" Distance 10 km

 

Immediately following the First World War, the shareholders of the Saint-Gobain-Chauny Group were keen to reconstruct, on a single site, two factories destroyed during fighting in the Aisne. In 1919, they finally decided upon Thourotte, a rural village offering space and served by communication routes (a railway, a road and above all a canal). And thus was born the Chantereine ice-cream factory, with the help of war-damage reconstruction funds, and essentially completed in less than three years, from 1920 to 1923. This new factory had a profound effect on the commune : the population grew four fold over the space of just over a decade, and Thourotte soon welcomed a cinema coupled with a hotel-bath-shower, a cooperative, a chapel, a private school, houses for bachelors, a dispensary, etc. Such constructions were characteristic of the "industrial paternalism" common during this period. In total, 525 houses were built within a complex of hierarchical "garden-residences" benefitting from running water and private and public lighting. Inaugurated in 1923 by the "Minister of the Liberated Regions", Monsieur Reibel, the factory and residences represented modernity and the renaissance of a region devastated by several years of war.

 

Dotted with eight information panels, the Cité Saint-Gobain interpretation trail invites you to rediscover the territory's post-war industrial heritage.

 

Renseignements
pratiques

2-km pedestrian loop in Thourotte, starting at the town hall.

 

Maison du Tourisme de Deux Vallées

2 bis Place Saint-Eloi

60 138 Chiry-Ourscamp

Tél 03 44 44 03 73

www.tourismedesdeuxvallees.fr

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