Argenton-sur-Creuse

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Argenton-sur-Creuse
The Creuse river and surrounding buildings
The Creuse river and surrounding buildings
Coat of arms of Argenton-sur-Creuse
Coat of arms
Location of Argenton-sur-Creuse
Argenton-sur-Creuse is located in France
Argenton-sur-Creuse
Argenton-sur-Creuse
Argenton-sur-Creuse is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Argenton-sur-Creuse
Argenton-sur-Creuse
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
CountryFrance
RegionCentre-Val de Loire
DepartmentIndre
ArrondissementChâteauroux
CantonArgenton-sur-Creuse
IntercommunalityCC Éguzon - Argenton - Vallée Creuse
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Vincent Millan
Area
1
29.34 km2 (11.33 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
5,171
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
36006 /36200
Elevation99–234 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.

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.

History[edit]

The modern city is built close to the site of the Gallo-Roman city of Argentomagus which lies a little to the north.[2] 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 Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (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".[2] Since then, one of the riverside mills has been converted into the "Museum of the Shirt and Masculine Elegance".

Notable people[edit]

Neighborhood[edit]

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.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
18013,329—    
18263,950+18.7%
18464,546+15.1%
19626,344+39.6%
19686,400+0.9%
19756,424+0.4%
19825,848−9.0%
19905,193−11.2%
19995,146−0.9%
20095,160+0.3%
20154,954−4.0%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b Wikisource Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Argenton" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 475.

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