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Grey-Eagle Ray on February 12, 2009

Ancien pont de Poissy

Evidence of this stone bridge’s existence dates back to the Xlllth. Century, Transformed several times, it was fortified and provided with a cast iron lifting navigation arch in 1850.

Intense animation reigned around the bridge: Boats manoeuvring under the bridge masters guidance: Mills in motion from the Middle Ages down to the XlXth century; Fishing nets deployed under the bridge, after dark; Tolls being collected for people, beasts and goods; Laundresses gossiping; Oxen stamping the ground whilst waiting for a chance to drink on their way to the market.....

Conflicts have taken their toll on the bridge, but it was rebuilt. Each time, that is until the allied bombing of 1944.

Bombed by either the British or Americans as a strategic manoeuvre to prevent movement of war material from the railway yard at Archères- (To Normandy ?)

A new bridge, built approx 300 métres upstream, was inaugurated in 1952.

At the foot of the remains of the old bridge stands L’Esturgeon; This restaurant owes its name (“The Sturgeon”) to an exceptional catch, has been the favourite amongst painters, writers and many other public figures since the XlXth Century.

MIQUEL ÀNGEL SÁNCHEZ… on February 12, 2009

Hallo Ray!. C´est une bonne explication et après tu as fait un bon travaill avec les couleurs, en laissant seulement le nom et les proichaines fenêtres avec couleur et le reste en B/N. Felicitations!!. Miquel Àngel

Grey-Eagle Ray on July 10, 2011

22Juillet 1839 au matin….

Profitant des heures fraiches le propriétaire de l’auberge léve ses filets tendus sous les arches du pont……..

”Stupéfaction”…..

Il en retire un splendide esturgeon de 3 métres et 100 kilos.

Depuis ce jour l’enseigne l’esturgeon orne la devanture du restaurant

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    by Grey-Eagle Ray
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