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Saint-Gaultier (Municipality, Indre, France)

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Flag of Saint-Gaultier - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 28 October 2020

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Presentation of Saint-Gaultier

The municipality of Saint-Gaultier (1,811 inhabitants in 2018; 920 ha) is located 30 km south of Châteauroux.

Saint-Gaultier owes its name to Gaultier (d. 1040, canonized three years later), abbot of the abbey of Lesterps (Charente). In 1040, the Count of Marche and the lord of Chabanais plundered and burned down the abbey of Lesterps. Father Gaultier, absent at the time of the incident, made a complaint to the Pope, who excommunicated the two criminals. In repair, the Count of Marche had to provide for the costs of rebuilding the abbey. The lord of Chabanais had to donate land he owned at the time in Berry and which extended to both banks of the Creuse river. On the left bank stood the village of Rivarennes. The right bank was, at that time, an unnamed land, inhabited only by a few peasants. A church dedicated to Abbot Gaultier was erected there at the end of the 11th century.

Olivier Touzeau, 28 October 2020

Flag of Saint-Gaultier

The flag of Saint-Gaultier (photo, photo) is white with the municipal coat of arms, "Or two pilgrim drones saltirewise with their gourds attached the first gules per bend debruised by the second azure per bend sinister between four ermine spots sable fesswise, two and two", and the words “ST GAULTIER” and “INDRE” below.

Olivier Touzeau, 28 October 2020