A stroll along the canal d’Yvette in the small town of St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse.  The narrow canal was cut in the Middle Ages to take water from the river Yvette to power a corn mill but the local inhabitants soon found plenty of other uses for this convenient watercourse, which runs parallel with the town’s main street.  Over the centuries the canal supplied horse troughs, a public laundry and private wash houses at the upstream end with hemp works and tanneries further downstream.

Many small bridges cross the canal, originally linking properties on the town side with their detached gardens on the opposite bank.   Now that the soap suds and tannery waste are long gone the water is clean (though muddy) and the picturesque canal side footpath is promoted by the local council as the Promenade des Petits Ponts.



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A post for Thursday Doors.