Cooperative Dairy of the Old Castle

Comics Les souvenirs de Mamette Nob (2017)
Marinette, known as Mamette, is at her grandparents' for a few days. During a walk in the village, she passes by the dairy...
Laiterie coopérative du vieux château Gençay
Laiterie coopérative du vieux château Gençay - crédit photo : Fantrippers

“My darling, I know why you are sad. I’m not abandoning you, you know. It’s just that it’s better for you to stay with Grandma and Grandpa for a while. The farm air will do you a world of good. It’s in the country that beautiful plants grow.”

Mamette’s mom

Marinette, not yet the nice Mamette, has to stay a few days with her grandfather and grandmother. The first times are delicate for the little girl. She doesn’t talk to anyone. It must be said that the village of his grandparents does not have all the comforts of his life in the city. In the 1930s, there were no telephones or internet. A period of carefree living, marked by the arrival of paid vacations, preceded the beginning of a new world conflict. In the meantime, Marinette discovers the countryside, makes friends and has fun.

If he defends himself from having wanted to draw the town of Gençay as it is in Les souvenirs de Mamette, Nob was largely inspired by it for buildings that are still recognizable today. Born in Tours, the author of comic books, if he never lived in the Vienne, spent many hours in the department during his vacations. His father’s family is from the city and his mother’s from Blanzay, about 20 km south of Gençay.

At the turn of a square, the readers see the cooperative dairy of the old castle. This former city dairy is still visible today.


The memories of Mamette was declined in animated series of 52 episodes of 13 minutes, broadcast at the time on M6

The dairy of the old castle in Gençay in les Souvenirs de Mamette by Nob (Glénat)

10 Rte de Poitiers

The Cooperative Dairy of the Old Castle is located in the commune of Gençay in the Vienne department (86)

Before being a dairy, the site was a wheat mill called Moulin d’Anfrenet. In the heart of the small town, in 1932, a butter factory was set up at the Moulin Patarin and then joined the Anfrenet premises. Between 1918 and 1930, the number of workers increases from 400 to 1800. The site develops with the construction of offices and an unloading dock in the 1940s, but also a manufacturing workshop in 1960, refitted in 1972.

At the height of the dairy, up to 24 trucks collected milk from the 2400 neighboring farms. The butter, Le Vieux Château, was produced there until 1975. In 1982, it became part of the Capri-beurre food group, but it was only a production unit until 1998.

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