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Moulin a Foulon de Gaumier
In the north east corner of the Vendee on the banks of the Sevre Nantaise
river stands the Moulin a Foulon de Gaumier, This is the only
wool mill left in working condition in France, which is driven by water
You can walk freely around the natural area along the river Sevre
Nantaise, inside the fulling mill and a dyeing shed, and taking
advantage of the information space about the processing of wool.
Hydraulic threshing , with heavy wooden mallets striking the woven wool, is a complementary operation to spinning and weaving.
There is a presentation of the River Sevre Nantaise and all its
mills in the eighteenth (100 to 140 mills in between Vernoux Gatine (79)
and Clisson (44)).
There is an explanation on a plan of all the operation. On this
plan are given the names of different parts of fulling: le dorme, the
mallet, the battery, the trough ...
The importance of waterways and their role in channeling water as energy is also explained:
There are two magnifying glasses to observe the tissue before and after
crushing. After the operation, the fiber is very tight and cozy ...
You will find windows where prints on paper, semi-transparent, old
photographs depicting scenes of work in 1930 around the village of
Gaumier. Looking through these windows you will have a views of live in
another era ...
Hours and period of operation:
From 1 May to 30 June: Sundays and holidays from 15 to 19H
From July 1st to August 31st: from 11H to 12H and 15H to 19H.
September: Saturday 15 and Sunday 19pm 11H to 12H and 15H to 19H
Closed Monday and Saturday mornings.
For other dates by appointment
Free admission - Time of visit 1 hour.
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