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Gillingham Dorset Twinning - Le Neubourg

Le Neubourg

  • Like Gillingham, Le Neubourg was also a town that once depended heavily on the railway. The line was important for moving agricultural produce, and was popular with people holidaying on the Normandy coast. Unfortunately it was only a local line and became uneconomical, closing in 1969.

 

  • Today Le Neubourg is a vibrant, lively town. The main thoroughfares bustle with shoppers and workers going about their business. The town enjoys a wide range of shops and services. The Wednesday Market is amongst the most important in Normandy. The town is in the centre of a large agricultural area. The production and processing of flax is an important industry.

           

16th Century church of St Paul
16th Century church of St Paul

            

       

  

Market Day
Market Day
Cutting Flax
Cutting Flax

 

 

Other Features

  • Features of the town include the 12th century Vieux Chateau* (below), the fountain built on the central crossroads (La Fontaine de l’Envol), the Town Hall, the war memorial and the Tourist Office based in the former railway station.

 

  • Le Neubourg offers its inhabitants, and the rural environment, the services of a town of much greater status and its modern motto is ‘une ville qui avance’ – ‘a town which goes forward’.

* currently being restored (2023)

Old Chateau (undergoing conservation work)
Old Chateau (undergoing conservation work)

 

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