•Gard (30) • Population: 433 • Altitude: 100 m
St-Pons-la-Calm actually is a calm little village, sitting amidst the fields of the Tave valley southwest of Bagnols-sur-Cèze.
The center of the village has a large open square in front of the church, a compact little medieval part behind the church, and a more modern part along the north edge, opening out to the fields beyond.
No village café, no commerce.
Much of this small village has uncharcteristic wide streets, with the most open streets along the northern edge, bordering the fields.
The oldest and most medieval part of St-Pons-la-Calm in tucked into the southeast corner of the village. The principle street through here is actually called Le Vieux Village (the old village). The style of some of the buildings in this area, and a few of the doorways, obviously go back a few centuries.
St-Pons-la-Calm had some silkworm industry, probably in the 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the streets in the old village is named "Rue de la Magnaneire", and a magnaneire is a building where silkworms are raised.
Ancient Railway Line. The old railway line passed along the south side of the Tave river, just 800 m south of St-Pons-la-Calm village, and the road out of the village is still named route de la Gare. The old station location is at the road junction and hamlet of Le Moulin (the mill), but there's nothing left of it to see.
St-Pons-la-Calm has a very nice old 18th-century lavoir (washhouse), tucked down below the eastern edge of the old village, down a ramp off the Rue de la Grande Fontaine.
The original village fountain is here, built in 1784, although it was built to replace an even older fountain. The fountain, covered lavoir and drinking troughs here served the main water needs for the village, for people and animals drinking and for washing clothes.
The fountain and lavoir were restored, very nicely, in 2005.
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• GPS: 44.103304, 4.55683
IGN (1/25,000) #2940 OT "Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Pont-St-Exprit, Forets de Valbonne et"
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Transportation Saint Pons-la-Calm
Department 30, Gard Buses
- See Beyond's Gard Department Bus Schedules for Gard bus-lines maps and bus-line schedules (Horaires).
Maps (Plans) for the Gard bus lines are on the www.edgard.fr website, with a flash webpage for each of five zones around Nîmes (www.edgard-transport.fr/plan/?rub_code=5).
Schedules for the Gard bus lines are available via the www.edgard.fr website horaires page (www.edgard-transport.fr/horaires/?rub_code=23).