Le Creusot

Le Creusot, Cote d’Or, is a town of 30,000 inhabitants famous throughout France for its iron industry.

Iron production began in the area in the 18th century, and was brought to a peak under the Schneider family who diversified the product range of the firm to include machine parts used in railways, armaments and power stations - earning the town the dubious honour of being bombarded during World War II.


The Schneider family shaped the town in more ways than one; they were strongly paternalist, and set up a maternity home, schools, gymnasiums, a hospital, a retirement home, and a cemetery, providing for their workers at every stage of their lives. Workers were married in the town hall and the church built by the Schneiders, and there was even a sort of social security benefit, long before the French state entertained the possibility of such a thing.

The family themselves lived in the local chateau, which began life as a glassworks and is today a museum, the last of the Schneiders having died in 1960. One of the features of the complex is a charming theatre converted from one of the original glass ovens - another is now a chapel.

The industrial character of the town has continued, and today many global industrial companies have sites at Le Creusot, including GEC Alsthom.

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