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The Creuse river and surrounding buildings
The Creuse river and surrounding buildings
Coat of arms of Argenton-sur-Creuse
Coat of arms
Argenton-sur-Creuse is located in France
Coordinates: 46°35′23″N 1°31′12″E / 46.5897°N 1.52°E / 46.5897; 1.52Coordinates: 46°35′23″N 1°31′12″E / 46.5897°N 1.52°E / 46.5897; 1.52
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Indre
Arrondissement Châteauroux
Canton Argenton-sur-Creuse
Intercommunality Pays d'Argenton-sur-Creuse
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Sapin
Area1 29.34 km2 (11.33 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 5,160
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 36006 /36200
Elevation 99–234 m (325–768 ft)
(avg. 119 m or 390 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Argenton-sur-Creuse is a commune in the Indre department in central France. It lies on the Creuse River, 19 miles south-southwest of Châteauroux, close to the A20 motorway.


The modern city is built close to the site of the Gallo-Roman city of Argentomagus which lies a little to the north. The site has been developed as a museum visitor attraction. The name of the ancient town probably derives from the Latin word for "silver", as the town was a center of silver work.

The 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1911 described the city as follows: "The river is crossed by two bridges, and its banks are bordered by picturesque old houses. There are numerous tanneries, and the manufacture of boots, shoes and linen goods is carried on".[1] One of the riverside mills has been converted into the "Museum of the Shirt and Masculine Elegance".

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The village of Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is 20 minutes away by road. South of Argenton is the valley of the River Creuse. The village of Gargilesse is nearby; there the home of the writer George Sand may be visited.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1801 3,329 —    
1826 3,950 +18.7%
1846 4,546 +15.1%
1962 6,344 +39.6%
1968 6,400 +0.9%
1975 6,424 +0.4%
1982 5,848 −9.0%
1990 5,193 −11.2%
1999 5,146 −0.9%
2009 5,160 +0.3%

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  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Argenton". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 475. 

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