The toponym of Drums, of Celtic origin, means reserve of wood .
Its inhabitants is called Touquais (be).
The commune is classified 4 flowers with the Concours of the cities and flowered villages.
GeographyDrums is located at the North-East of the department of the Apple-brandy, on the edge of the Touques, right before Deauville and Trouville-on-Sea which is bordering for him.
HistoryDrums is an old very active commercial port to the Moyen-âge. William the Conqueror, become king d' Angleterre, unloaded there to come to inspect its Norman duchy. The history of the commune is very related to the castle of Bonneville-on-Drums, which ensured its protection.
The commune remained very active until the beginning of the XIXe century. But the progressive stranding of its commercial port and the opening of the railway line between Paris and Deauville, in 1863, led to its decline, the profit of the seaside resorts of Trouville-on-Sea, then of Deauville. Drums knows a renewal of dynamism since the Années 1970, through commercial establishments and a spectacular development of its population.
Places and monuments
- Church Saint-Pierre 11° century: classified historic building since 1840, mentioned in 1026 in an act of Richard II. Closed down since the Revolution, the church presents a very restored Romance nave, reduced to two spans to the XVIIe century, a transept and a chorus with flat bedside, flanked of two absidioles. It preserves capitals at the carved decorations of mysterious inspirations symbolic systems which make its curiosity of it. A tower octagonal lantern set up after 1125 surmounts the building.
- Manor of the attic with salt 16°/17° century, street Louvel and Brière: registered voter with the historic buildings - One of the most interesting buildings of Drums. This manor was the seat of the gabelous under the Old Mode.
- Church Saint-Thomas 12° century: registered with the historic buildings (1926) - Romance Nave, blazing chorus, gate Louis XIII. Construction would have received the visit of Thomas Becket.
Old hotel of Admiralty: registered voter with the Historic buildings. Private property.
- Manor of the Stud farm of Méautry 17° century: registered voter Mr. H. like his monumental gate and its garden drawn by Russel Page. Private property.
- Together typical of houses with sides of wood or out of bricks (in the borough).
Personalities related to the commune
- Simone Berriau (1896-1984), actress, was born there.
- Eugene Boudin (1824-1898), the painter devoted many fabrics to Touques.
- Claude Monet (1840-1926), the painter immortalisé the commune.
- Elizabeth II, Queen of England, remained in the commune.
- Guy de Rothschild (1909-2007), had a stud farm in the commune.
- Ivan Cloulas, historian, resides in the commune.
- In 1096, Guillaume II the Russet-red embarks there to go to be made crown king d' Angleterre.
- on August 1st 1417, Henri V of England, unloads there.
- on June 1st 2003, an important flood causes serious damage in the borough.
- on May 18th, 2004, first meeting enters the president of the District council of Basse-Normandie, Philippe Duron, and its counterpart of High-Normandy, Alain Le Vern, to develop the co-operation between the two areas.
- Saint-Andreasberg (Germany)
- Speyside (England)
- A festival of music free called the Trestles of Friday takes place the summer, in the open air, since 1991. It already accommodated many artists of which the singer Geoffrey Oryema, the group Pierpoljak and the bluesman American John Lee Hooker Jr (2005), the group Pow Wow (2006) and Steve Waring (2007). One associated to him, since 2004, a complement for the children called P' tits trestles.
- A festival choral called With all voices takes place every year, in summer, since 1998. It already celebrated the " Voice of femmes" (2003), " Voice of Afrique" (2004) and " Voice méditerranéennes" (2005).
SportsThe following disciplines are practiced locally: basketball, tennis, athletics, shooting with the arc, gymnastics and football.
- Since 1995, a male tournament takes place each year. It is equipped with 10.000 $. It accommodated in particular Sebastien Grosjean, Arnaud Clément and Nicolas Escudé. Winners: Paul-Henri Mathieu, France (2001), Jean-Christophe Faurel, France (2004), Steve Darcis, Belgium (2005), Jordane Doble, France (2006), Mathew Middelkoop, Netherlands (2007).
- Since 1997, a female tournament WTA, Open Waterford Wedgwood, takes place each year, in November, with the Tennis-club of Admiralty. Since 2003, it is equipped with 50.000 $ (25 000 $ in 2002 and 10.000 $ before). Winners: Gabriela Kucerova, Germany (1997), Lubomira Bacheva, Bulgaria (1998), Virginia Razzano, France (1999), Nathalie Vierin, Italy (2000), Sophie Wanders, France (2001), Julia Vakulenko, Ukraine (2002), Eva Birnerová, Czech Republic (2003), Květa Peschke, Czech Republic (2004), Viktoriya Kutuzova, Ukraine (2005, 2006), Aravane Rezaï, France (2007).
- An international tournament of foil takes place every year, since 1996.
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