|The old bridge|
The old bridge was built in the Middle Ages when the old town spread from the hill on the left bank to the right. Traffic still uses it.
|The new bridge|
The new bridge doesn't have a great deal going for it apart from reflections in the river. It does offer some lovely views of the riverside houses.
Argenton is occasionally referred to as the Venice of the Berry region, a French region pre-dating the current ones, but that seems something of a stretch. However, I can't deny the houses are picturesque. The church in the background is St Saveur. The origins of St Saveur probably date to the 13th century but the bell tower you can see is much more recent.
The banks of the river are lined with old buildings and mills because Argenton's prosperity grew in the 13th century from flour mills and especially bark mills right up until the 19th century. Bark mills, I had to look it up, are mills that grind up parts of trees into a fine powder used to tan leather.
This mill, shown from two different directions, has been converted into at least two homes as far as I could see.
A 15th century manor house or mansion, hôtel particulier Duperthuis, one of the first in the lower town. I hope nobody was at home when I peered through the gate to take the picture. It looks all shuttered up.
A disused mill wheel on the opposite bank.
Some other riverside houses. And finally, a last look at the old bridge.