the village Saint-Victor-d’Épine

Saint-Victor-d’Épine had 320 inhabitants in 2006. It is situated north of Notre-Dame-d’Épine in Eure in the Haute-Normandie. The town centre is rather small, but picturesque. At the southern entrance to the town centre stands a “maison de la charité” (house of charity). I don’t know exactly how those houses are used. Mostly there are only “chambre de la charité” (room of charity) in or next to churches. So I thought they collect and hand out alms. In Normandy exists an association called “maison de la charité chrétienne” (association of Christian charity). The house of charity in Saint-Victor-d’Épine was built in 1875 and is used as office for the “Confrérie de charité” (brotherhood of charity), which is a charity organization of the parishes in Normandy.

Schild am maison de la charité, eigenes Foto, Lizenz: public domain/gemeinfrei

sign on the maison de la charité, own photo, licence: public domain

The church Saint-Victor was built in the 16th century and reconstructed at the end of the 19th century. Behind the church stand 2 huge yew-trees. One of them is 1000 years old. Holy yewbranches have been handed out in masses in the past.

die Kirche Saint-Victor, eigenes Foto (auf commons), Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

the church Saint-Victor, own photo, licence: public domain

In front of the church stand a crucifix and the monument aux morts (war memorial). Inhabitants have put memory-tablets in front of the war memorial. Like in most Norman villages, the graveyard is situated around the church.

hier sieht man auch ein Stück vom Friedhof, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

the church and the graveyard, own photo, licence: public domain

Kriegerdenkmal, eigenes Foto, Lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

war memorial, own photo, licence: public domain

chambre de la charité, eigenes Foto, lizenz:public domain/gemeinfrei

Next to the church stands the old chambre de la charité. Own photo, licence: public domain

The next house behind the church is timber-framed and carries a sign. The sign shows the distances between Saint-Victor-d’Épine and Boisney, Berthouville and Saint-Georges-du-Vièvre. Diagonal to the house with the sign, on the other side of the road, stands the town hall (Mairie).

Fachwerkhaus, eigenes Foto (auf commons), Lizenz: public domain/gemeinfrei

timber-framed house, own photo, licence: public domain

Mairie, eigenes Foto (auf commons), Lizenz: public domain/gemeinfrei

town hall, own photo, licence: public domain

There is a castle called Château Mont-Criquet in Saint-Victor-d’Épine. But I haven’t seen it yet. It’s privately owned.

more information:
Commune de SAINT-VICTOR-D’EPINE (French)

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