Weather-Beaten Town

37995046906_13da386693_kLast November we visited a town in Normandy, Gournay en Bray. Even the name sounds weathered. Above a derelict mansion. Must have been beautiful in the past. 37995049726_fd364cf853_kThe old turnpike building. Not sure what the address would be: 3-8 I believe.38017629472_bbd5873c0f_kAn old weather-beaten shop. Not much is left in such towns which were flourishing in the late 19th century and were still OK until the late 50s. Ghost towns like these abound and things aren’t improving unfortunately. It’s time we change the way we run our lives.

Yann Gourvennec
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      • We have relatives nearby in Leran and I remember stopping there. All the textile factories are closed that’s how I guessed. But it’s not just that place the whole country is full of places like these. I used to live on the Belgian border and there they had it all: mining, steel industry, textile, breweries… the whole trappings. A bit like Wales or some of the Northern cities in Britain. There are places like these all over Europe.

  1. How sad that these lovely little towns are paying such a dear price for “progress.” I keep hoping they’ll make a comeback as rents get ever-higher in the big cities — and as telecommuting becomes ever more possible and accepted. Alas, as your pictures attest, some as losing their war at attrition with the elements. Beautiful pictures, though …

    • Thanks Heide. Apparently the government has suddenly realised that there was something wrong there and there is a plan to invest in these places. But come what may, no jobs, no life. Here like anywhere else.

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