Canal de L’Espierres

After urbex, nothing like a walk along my favorite canal to cool ideas and re-oxygenate the lungs.

Besides the fact that to see snow or a cold full moon is quite nice in this warm period (here and there), my previous visits were free of human interference.
If fishermen and walkers are a friendly company, it's not the case for bicycle touring and motocross.
No, assholes, the towpaths are not exclusively for you !

Canal de L’Espierres II

The canal of Espierres was inaugurated in 1843.

Canal de L’Espierres II

Closed to navigation in 1985, he remained in a state of open sewer during two decades.
Lock of Estaimpuis.

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

In recent years, a restoration takes place and pleasure boats are sometimes visible.

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

Footbridge of Leers-Nord, recently refreshed.

Canal de L’Espierres II

Bridge of Clogs (or Petit Preux) in Saint-Léger.

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

The drawbridges were rebuilt in 1950 after the destruction of 1944.
During their renovation, they have been automated.

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

Although the bridgekeeper's houses are included in the perimeter of protection, they will be destroyed.
Renovation had however been planned in 2004...

Canal de L’Espierres II

The Knights Templar's Commandery, former possession of the mythical religious order.
From left to right : the chapel, wing lowered after the fire of 1764 and the intact wing of the 13th century.

Canal de L’Espierres II

Remains of the windows of the 13th century.

Canal de L’Espierres II

The most interesting façade (right) is unfortunately invisible due to the absence of maintains of canal banks.

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

St. Léger Church at... Saint-Léger.

Canal de L’Espierres II

Dating from the 15th century, it was restored between 1987 and 1994.

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

 

Canal de L’Espierres II

It's time to return to the grayness of the city...

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August 2013

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