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English version : Dautry, town planning with a human face

On the platform at Tergnier station, Gustave is meeting his granddaughter Jeanne. She’s a student who has come to do some research for a project on workers’ housing. They are off for a walk around Tergnier. It’s here that an ideal town was built for the railwaymen.  A town that we can rediscover today by locating the symbols that date back to the era of the great cathedrals …

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On the platform at Tergnier station, Gustave is meeting his granddaughter Jeanne. She’s a student who has come to do some research for a project on workers’ housing. They are off for a walk around Tergnier. It’s here that an ideal town was built for the railwaymen.  A town that we can rediscover today by locating the symbols that date back to the era of the great cathedrals …

Step 1 : the station square

Latitude : 49.659161
Longitude : 3.297323 
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Download mp3 file :    EN01 (mpeg - 1,27 Mo)

Tergnier, a town that grew up around the railway.

Etape 1 (Agrandir l'image). la place de la gare

 

Step 2 : la place de la raffinerie, Refinery Square

Latitude : 49.66026
Longitude : 3.298624
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The mining village: the antithesis of a model town.

Etape2 (Agrandir l'image). la place de la raffinerie

Step 3 : the canal

Latitude : 49.667187
Longitude : 3.296708
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Today the canal is a symbol of waterway traffic, in Occupied France it was the demarcation line.

Etape3 (Agrandir l'image). le canal

Step 4 : the footbridge

Latitude : 49.665861
Longitude : 3.289885
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A good place to see why the railways were important to Tergnier.

Etape4 (Agrandir l'image). la passerelle

 

Step 5 : Veltin school

Latitude : 49.66489
Longitude : 3.28731
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The clock stopped at the exact time that the death knell was tolled for Dautry’s model city.

Etape5 (Agrandir l'image). l'école Veltin

Step 6 : la place Raoul Dautry, Raoul Dautry square

Latitude : 49.664774
Longitude : 3.28474
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The heart of the town and community life.

Etape6 (Agrandir l'image). la place Raoul Dautry

 

Step 7 : la place du 113ème R.I., 113th square

Latitude : 49.668126
Longitude : 3.282257
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A commemorative landmark that is not quite in the right place.

Etape7 (Agrandir l'image). la place du 113ème R.I.

 

Step 8 : Buttes Chaumont Park

Latitude : 49.670718
Longitude : 3.281798
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An oasis of greenery full of memories.

Etape8 (Agrandir l'image). le parc des Buttes Chaumont

Step 9 : la place de la Mairie, Town Hall square

Latitude : 49.655738
Longitude : 3.29187
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A square full of symbols that reveal the old connections between Tergnier and freemasonry.

Etape9 (Agrandir l'image). la place de la Mairie

 

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