small villages in the canton of Brionne

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.

Église Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Juliette, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

Patchwork-Église Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Juliette, own photo, licence:public domain

die gleiche Kirche von der andern Seite (Ecke) aus, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

Église Saint-Cyr-Sainte-Juliette, own photo, licence:public domain

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.

Rest des Schlosses, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

pavilion, own photo, licence:public domain

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.

Da steht das Schild davor, ist hübsch und alt, aber keine Scheune, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

that's the house behind the sign, own photo, licence:public domain

und das ist die Scheune, eigenes Foto, Lizenz: public domain/gemeinfrei

grange dîmeresse de la Haule, own photo, licence:public domain

The church Saint-Rémi was built in the 12th century. The bell tower was built later.

Église Saint-Rémi, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

Église Saint-Rémi, own photo, licence:public domain

Just like in Bretigny, Aclou has an old and a new town hall. The old town hall was attached to the old village school.

alte Mairie und Dorfschule in Aclou, eigenes Foto, Lizenz: public domain/gemeinfrei

old town hall and village school, own photo, licence:public domain

neue Mairie von Aclou, eigenes Bild, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

new town hall of Aclou, own photo, licence:public domain

Franqueville

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.

die Église Notre-Dame in Franqueville, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

Église Notre-Dame in Franqueville, own photo, licence:public domain

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.

Église Saint-Just, im Hintergrund sieht man die Seite der alten mairie, eigenes Foto, Lizenz: public domain/gemeinfrei

Église Saint-Just, own photo, licence:public domain

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.

alte Mairie und Kriegerdenkmal in Hecmanville, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

old town hall and war memorial in Hecmanville, own photo, licence:public domain

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4 thoughts on “small villages in the canton of Brionne

  1. Wunderbare Bilder hast du da gepostet.

  2. *kicher* Wenn sie so wunderbar wären würd ich sie wahrscheinlich nicht gemeinfrei lizenzieren. Ich neige dazu alles schief zu knipsen und meine Kamera ist nicht so besonders. Aber hauptsache ich hab Spass.

  3. […] lies in the southeast of the Lieuvin between Hecmanville in the south and Saint-Pierre-de-Salerne in the north, 12 kilometres (7.46 miles) northeast of […]

  4. […] einem Abstecher in Hecmanville machte ich ein paar Kirchenfotos. Die Eiben auf dem Friedhof an der Kirche sind mal wieder als […]

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