Photographer's Note

Castres, Tarn town is crossed by a river, Agout , lined with typical houses : The houses on the Agout , which in good weather are reflected beautifully on the course at .

The river was once the nerve center of the city of Castres . These houses were in the Middle Ages the place of main activity of Castres . These artisans houses housed various trades such as tanners, dyers, parchment , paper manufacturers and weavers.

All these houses medieval bases whose openings are arched or barrel . Cellars called " caoussino " in Occitan (literally it means lime plant ) open onto the river and had laundries . After cleaning and rinsing the skins in the Agout , and laid them in tanks filled with lime. Ground floor apartments were located workers and those of the masters . However, it was not systematic to find under the same roof habitat and occupation of the craftsman. From the time of Louis XIV , cadastral records frequently indicate different owners for " caoussino " and the upper floors.

The top two floors , were dryers , one higher than the living quarters themselves so that the leather does not drag on the ground. These rooms are equipped with small openings that would be easy to close with wooden shutters for , summer , defend hides from the sun in winter and the strength of jelly. Attic , the second dryer was called " soleiller " wide open to let in light and air.

These houses , also called " Little Venice " have retained their wood corbels and balconies . (

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