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Name of the Commune: Possonnière
Possonnière is a town in the department of Maine-et-Loire ( 49 ) in the region of Pays de la Loire, and it part of the Saint-Georges-sur-Loire district. It is a member of the Association of local authorities of the Loire Tailboard which has 10 municipalities in all. It's name is EPCI. It was created on December 24th, 1998 and has 22 733 inhabitants on a surface area of 22 679 hectares. A lot of events take place in our town in summer:
There are a lot of cultural and sports events of community interest together with fire fighting events.
The mayor of Possonnière is Célestin SUHARD who is also the vice-president of the Community of Comunnes Loire Layon. The Municipalities are:
In 2009 there were 2336 inhabitants in The Municipality of Possonnière,
Possonnière is situated 20 km west of Angers.
Possonnière extends across 18,68 km ², & has 125,05 inhabitants per km ².
Furthermore, Possonnière is classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
Possonnière is a municipality which was founded thanks to the industrial revolution and which obtained its administrative independence in 1851. In 1851, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte declared by a seal of the State a law written by the National Assembly which specified that Possonnière was to be seperated from Savennières on which it depended since 1790. Possonnière has a close past marked by the navy of the Loire and the professional peach (I can't understand this last sentence). Possonnière owes its name to the "poçon" or " poiçon ", it is the former unit wine measurement (or wheat according to regions).
The wine business used the boats of the Loire valley as a means of transport. And until the arrival of the train. The railroad took little by little the square of the transport by inland waterway, and from 1900 the port was less frequented (I can't understand this sentence). Because of the presence of the station in 1851, the development of the municipal conglomeration took place westward, towards the road of Alleud, and in 1930, the city hall was officially opened.
L'Alleud, in the Middle Ages was a small village with inns, a printer's, a bakery, a court house, and even later a prison and a school. The village was transformed in the XIXth century by the linking up of Nantes, Niort and Cholet. Furthermore, more changes took place with the construction from 1879 till 1880 of a very big stone bridge, which has 17 arcs.
At the end of the XIX century, Possonnière increased its general development of agricultural productions, industry and transport.
The Inn of the Priory is the oldest building of the village, its foundation goes back to the beginning of the XIVth century. Its name changed from " Inn of the Croissant Crowned " in memory of King René, " to Big Louis " in memory of Louis XIV and then to " Inn of the Anchor of Marine " under the Revolution. This ancient batiment is now a Hotel, Coffee and Restaurant.
The church St-Jacques, built in 1803, was completed by a first bell tower in 1826, then transformed in 1860. The bell tower has its current shape since 1880.
Possonnière depends more than ever on its river. The port gives us a beautiful landscape onto the Loire: flat, futreaux, with a man-made sand beach, cabins and even two tires, and a pass-horse. In 1998, Possonnière set up an open-air dance hall.
From a cultural and sports point of view, Possonnière has extremely rich clubs and societies :
In Possonnière, there are several tourist sites as:
-The bridge of l'Alleud,
-And the Mill of the Rock.
Furthermore, sites of activities:
-And the garden of kangarooes.