See photos (3)

Le buste de Léon Vincent

Not rated ,  Historic site and monument in Calais

  • Two mayors of Calais have their own bust in Calais, each in his favourite district. In northern Calais - the former medieval Calais - the Courgain Maritime district is home to Léon Vincent's bust.
    He was very popular in this port area, where he was nicknamed "King Leon". Born in 1875, he developed the family business specialising in maritime trade before entering politics. Mayor of Calais (1925-1933) then deputy (1928-1936), he was also involved in the chamber of commerce and many...
    Two mayors of Calais have their own bust in Calais, each in his favourite district. In northern Calais - the former medieval Calais - the Courgain Maritime district is home to Léon Vincent's bust.
    He was very popular in this port area, where he was nicknamed "King Leon". Born in 1875, he developed the family business specialising in maritime trade before entering politics. Mayor of Calais (1925-1933) then deputy (1928-1936), he was also involved in the chamber of commerce and many associations. A skilful politician, close to the people, an elegant man, he left his mark on this district during the first half of the 20th century. The bust, a private commission, was made during his lifetime.

    After his death (1951) a subscription was launched to make a monument with a base and to exhibit it on the public domain, in the heart of this district that he loved so much.