There are many springs in rural areas and some of them were known to cure various illnesses. “Journeys” and local pilgrimages grew up around them and people used to come to perform rituals and pray to the saints, asking to be cured.
The Font-Galon or Font Galou, located close to the Town Hall at Saint-Léomer, was reputed to cure abcesses, scurf, boils and other infections caused by blood deficiencies. Its name is derived from the word for scabies, gale, which was cured by water from this spring. The cure involved following a specific procedure. Prayers needed to be offered to the holy saint in the church and a candle had to be lit in front of a statue thought to represent Saint Léomer (in fact this was a bust of Saint François de Sales); a scrap torn from a shirt then had to be dipped into the spring and applied to the affected area. Saint Léomer was also believed to have the power to cure various skin diseases, including dermatitis in children. A ribbon was cut into two pieces; one of these was attached to the statue and the other was tied around the child’s wrist or neck.
The Font-Galon was said to possess other powers: in times of drought, people used to come in a procession and ask for rain.
Alongside the footpaths around Montmorillon you will discover many other springs with healing powers: the Font-Malade in Sillars, the Saint-Roch spring in Saint-Rémy, the Font-Miraque in Montmorillon, etc.
This circuit is one of 10 circuits known collectively as "La Font Galou", located in the Saint-Léomer, Brigueil-le-Chantre and La Trimouille area.
- Difference in height
- 45.11 m
- 45 meters of difference in height