Industrial and craft heritage

Saint-James Knitwear

Crédit Photos - Jean-Michel MIROUX
Crédit Photos - Jean-Michel MIROUX

The tradition of clothing production in Saint-James goes back as far as the Middle Ages. Over time, dying and wool pressing disappeared, to be replaced by the production of spun fabrics and the well-known sailor’s jersey, now the cornerstone of the world-wide reputation of the Saint James brand, based in the town since 1850.

Contact : Tricots Saint-James - Tél. : 02 33 89 15 60 – E-mail :
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Interested in Arts and Crafts? Then pay a visit to some of our local workshops and studios …

The Piano Maker in Argouges



  «Gaston Goudal’s work on musical instruments is a joy to observe, as he lovingly restores and maintains them in his workshop. Very much a free spirit, his devotion to his work is inspirational ... With absolute precision he dismantles, cleans, repairs and restores the instruments»

You can find him in his workshop every Thursday afternoon in July and August. Groups are welcome; just contact him to arrange a mutually convenient time and date.   

Gaston Goudal,  Ligerais, Argouges  Tel.  02 33 48 26 61  e-mail : 

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The Museum of Wood Crafts and Tools at Montjoie St-Martin

Marcel Laurent
Marcel Laurent

Recognised and honoured by the Manche Regional Society for Objets d’Arts, the master cabinetmaker  Marcel Laurent

Marcel Laurent welcomes you to his workshop and museum. The museum holds a collection of 600 tools, once used by skilled hand craftsmen from 10 different woodworking professions. In his workshop, you will witness the passion he puts into restoring and giving new life to church furniture, to traditional Normandy  dressers and cabinets..…

Winner of the Regional Award for Art and Craft Businesses in 2004

Winner of the Bronze Medal for Tourism in 2007

Winner of the Regional Award for Craftsmanship (VMT) in 2009


There are two elements to the visit: first, there is a guided tour of the museum; then you visit the workshop, where you will be able to see the making, restoring and preserving of our heritage.  


For visiting times and dates this summer click here

Entry fees:

Adult : 3 €

Groups : (minimum 10) : 2 € per person

Child (- 12 ans) : Free

Marcel Laurent - La Croix Siroux - Montjoie St Martin 

Tel. 02 33 48 33 79 web site :

The Roche Garré mill in Montanel


In 1830, there were 41 operational mills in and around Saint-James. Today, Montanel’s Roche Garré mill, its vertical wheel still powered by the waters of the river Tronçon, is one of the very last of its type to have survived. Owner Dominique Coquet gives a full explanation of how the mill works while he shows you all round its exterior and interior. The Mill is open to the public on National Mills Day in June, or you can just contact Mr Coquet to arrange your own visit. Groups are welcome, by prior arrangement.

 - Dominique Coquet – Tél.  02 33 60 81 80


The Blacksmith’s Forge at Montanel

Carry on into the little centre of Montanel and you’ll find the blacksmith’s forge there, just as it was in the 19th century, a true testament to the rural life of yesteryear.  Although its anvil is now at rest, it is still possible to visit the ‘smithy’ by prior arrangement with the Tourist Office in Saint-James.



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