La Neuville-du-Bosc is a small but long village in Eure (Haute-Normandie). It had 511 inhabitants in 2006. It is surrounded by forests and lies between the castle Champ-de-Bataille and Harcourt castle.
The church Sainte-Catherine was built in the 14th century and rebuilt in the 16th century.
On the southern façade of the church is an escutcheon, a common architectural element in France. Two little men hold a shield, on the shield are some faces, a ladder and some long batons.
La Neuville-du-Bosc has two flowers in the Conseil national des villes et villages fleuris, the national flowervillage contest. It participates in 2009 again and was full of flowers.
On the opposite of the town hall is a small lake, home of 2 swans.
We searched in vain for the ruins in the forest of Sainte-Vaubourg, gave up and returned to Harcourt. Half between Harcourt and Neuville and next to the old priory Notre-Dame stands the old disused train station Harcourt-La-Neuville-Du-Bosc. The rail track has been converted to cycle paths.
Behind the train station the land of the old priory Notre-Dame-du-Parc begin. They are privately owned nowadays. Only 2 pavilions and some pillars are left of the old buildings.
At the entrance of the town of Harcourt stands the old hospice, that was founded in 1695 by Françoise de Brancas. In 1895 parts of it burned down and were restored until 1896. These days the hospice serves as home for the elderly.
I already wrote about the Château d’Harcourt (harcourt castle) in another article: Harcourt Castle in Normandy
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