Angles Sur L Anglin

The inhabitants of Angles sur l'Anglin are known as "Anglais", even though they are French! The name comes from the Angles, who invaded England in the 5th century AD, and who also settled this area of the department of Vienne.

And who can blame them? Named today as one of "les plus beaux villages de France", Angles is a pretty little village in a stunning setting on the bank of the Vienne river, overlooked by rugged cliffs on which perch the ruins of a medieval castle.


The village is today the home to many different artists and artisans, and there is a festival of arts and crafts around the 14th of July every year.

These crafts inevitably include embroidery, as there is a stitch named after the village ("Jour d'Angles", or "Day of Angles"). The tradition of embroidery production here dates back to the middle of the 19th century, but in the mid 20th century the work fell out of fashion as it was too labour intensive to be able to sell for an economic price. Since 1981, however, there has been a centre of embroidery at Angles, which organises courses and guided tours of the attached workshop, and you can buy the results in shops in the village.

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