La Creusille Harbour
In the local dialect of old, the word “Creusille” meant “shell”, in particular the shell worn by pilgrims. Today, the harbour flanks the former main road between Paris and Spain, on the left bank of the river. Rue de la Chaîne used to boast a large number of inns.
In the 17th century, La Creusille was part of Blois’ harbours and shorelines. It began life as a boatyard before becoming a commercial port in the 19th century and, later, a quarry for the sand dredged up from the riverbed.