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4 place de l'église
72160 Thorigné-sur-Dué (France) 

4 guest rooms 
2 gites

La Maison Janvier en 1909

  2 other rooms in the neighbouring house, at Nanou and Serge 



It makes us go back up the time :
- towards the adventure of the hemp in Maine in 19th century with Henri Janvier,
  (it also takes us on a little walk in the world's fairs)
- towards the revolutionary and napoleonic wars, with Pierre-Jean Lagniel.


"La Maison Janvier" was built by 1855 by Henri Janvier and Mathilde Lagniel,
direct ancestors of Bea. It is therefore a "family house" for her and as for all other
descendants of Henry and Mathilde.

Both were born in Thorigné
( in 1825 et 1824 ).

Their portraits are daguerréotypes dating
about 1853 - since
apparent age of their son
Anatole - and therefore
very little time before construction House.

Henri Janvier had his roots to Thorigné and in neighbouring villages. We can find his great grandfather, Jean Baptiste Cohin, and his grandfather, Louis Janvier, among the council members Thorigné in 1793-1795, during the Revolution.

His father, Jacques Janvier, was trade. He was in particular to "cirier"(he sold candles to the private individuals and churches). Her mother Françoise was one of girls of Thomas Cohin, innkeeper in the "Auberge de l'Etoile" of Thorigné.

Many members of her family were farmers to Thorigné : His brother occupied the farm of Sasnières, an uncle that of "La Chéquinière", a cousin that of "Cardun" ...

As most of the farmers of this time, they produced mainly hemp and were also weavers. Many looms occupied the cellars of houses.

As regards Henri, he was converted entirely to trading of fabrics and the emerging industry of textiles. At first foreman, he collected the work of spinning and weaving weavers Thorigné and surrounding villages.

He worked for Louis Antoine Bary (known as Eugene), a merchant of fabrics at "La Ferte Bernard", to whom he supplied these textile products. It was part of the adventure when Bary acquired the spinning mill from "Foulon" at "La Ferté" and when he created his own factory at Le Mans in 1855. He later became his partner and then his successor.

The company "Bary jeune & Co." as presented its products at world's fairs, of London in 1862 and of Paris in 1867 and 1878, in the category "yarn and woven of hemp and linen". She was rewarded as Henry, bronze medal individually.

On the death of Bary, in 1883, she became "Janvier Father and Son & Co." and won two gold medals in Paris in 1889 (the year the Eiffel Tower). The "Son" is Anatole, the little boy we saw earlier on the daguerreotype. It only took charge in 1891 and also obtained a gold medal in Paris in 1900.

The factories of "Le Mans" included a laundry factory and a rope factory, near the river "Huisne" to "Pontlieue", and a factory of spinning and weaving street "rue du Bourg Belé" in "Le Mans" (There is now a street and a residence "Bary" in place of the ancient factory).

Eugène Bary

Henri Janvier

Henri lived then in "Le Mans" where he was a local councillor. Very attached to Thorigné, he will retire in the "Maison Janvier" up to his death there in 1907, at the age of 81.

Mathilde Lagniel was native of Calvados by his father and of Sarthe by her mother.

His father, Pierre-Jean Lagniel, born in Cresserons in 1773 had an uncommon fate and was a mayor of Thorigné from 1840 till 1844.

Engaged in 1791, at the age of 18, in the armies of the Revolution, as Soldier, he will become a captain of "grenadiers" in 40th regiment of infantry from Napoleon.

The slogan of the regiment : "I die or I hang".
Its mascot : the famous dog Moustache.

Pierre-Jean was wounded 4 times in 4 corners of Europe :
- in 1793, in the headquarter of Valenciennes (North of France)
- in 1800, in the passage of the Mincio ( Italy),
- in 1805, to Austerlitz ( Austria) :
  is that day he was appointed lieutenant,
- in 1809, to Ocaña ( Spain),

He received in 1806 the medal of the "Légion d’honneur" which had just been created in 1802.

He leaves the army in 1810, at the age of 37, and comes to settle down at first in "Le Mans" where he marries in 1811 a young person of "Le Mans" (Françoise Constantin). They will have 6 enfants. 3 last ones, of whom Mathilde, were born to Thorigné. Retired captain, he was judge at the "special court in the Sarthe" and collector of direct taxes for cities of Thorigné and "St Michel de Chavaigne". In this capacity he moved to Thorigné in 1812 in a house in the "Rue Basse". It should not be too unpleasant as collector as he became mayor in 1840. He was serving at the time of his death in 1844 at age 71.

Pierre-Jean was awarded the "Légion d'Honneur", his daughter Mathilde went to study at the "house of education" of the "Légion d'Honneur" in Saint Denis, near Paris. These houses were founded in 1805 by Napoleon for girls of medalists.

She married in 1845, Thorigné Henry in January, with whom she has three children.

She also ended her days in the "Maison Janvier" of Thorigné until his death in 1917 at 93 years, 10 years after Henry.

His little son then participating in the 1st World War. One of them, Rene Bignon, the husband of her daughter Madeleine Germain, notary in peacetime, there was a highly decorated lieutenant and wounded several times. This did not prevent him to have 6 children, who spent every summer in the House and garden. For them it was Paradise ...

Mathilde Lagniel