Brétigny has suffered in WWII
Brétigny had 175 inhabitants in 2006. When I drove into town I was greeted by loud rock music.
Old and new town hall (mairie) are situated next to the church. Most of these towns seem to have built their first town hall in the French Revolution. It’s usually a very small square building with one room.
The church Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Juliette was built in the 12th century. It was reconstructed in the 17th and 18th century. The bell tower was attached in 18th century. The church looks like a patchworkbuilding.
During World War II the 17th century castle in Brétigny was destroyed by bombs in 1944, only a large pavilion remained. It is difficult to find it behind trees and fences, it is private property.
Aclou has a tarnished tithe barn
Aclou is a village with 234 inhabitants in 2006. It has small signs in front of the sights. It wasn’t easy to find the tithe barn “grange dîmeresse de la Haule”, which was built in the 15th century. Tithe barns were used in medieval times to store the tithe, which was kind of a tax people had to pay to the church. It was difficult to find it because the sign was in front of an old house, maybe older than 15th century on the opposite of the church. The tithe barn stands behind the house and isn’t in good shape. The tithe barn is enlisted in the French system of heritage protection called “monument historique”. French are very bureaucratic and it can take some years until a restauration is permitted and the restauration still depends on money of the owner. And that’s the reason why there’s only a very small image of it on the touristic website of Aclou.
The church Saint-Rémi was built in the 12th century. The bell tower was built later.
Just like in Bretigny, Aclou has an old and a new town hall. The old town hall was attached to the old village school.
Next stop was Franqueville, it had 256 inhabitants in 1999. In front of the church grows a huge yew tree. Those trees were blessed by the priests and small branches were used as talisman. It’s possible that this was an old celtic custom.
Hecmanvilliens fish in a puddle
Hecmanville had 104 inhabitants in 1999. Five of them were fishing in a small puddle at the town hall. That’s a typical pastime in the area. Church and graveyard were barred by command of the mayor. There was no reason given but there seem to be some roof tiles missing on the bell tower. The church Saint-Just was built in the 12th century.
Like Brétigny and Aclou Hecmanville has also a new and an old town hall. In front of the old mairie is a “monument aux morts”, a war memorial.
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