Montfort-sur-Risle, a castle over the Risle river

Montfort-sur-Risle is a commune in the département Eure in the Haute-Normandie in France. In 2006 it had 845 inhabitants. It lies at the Risle river.

It’s church Saint-Pierre/Saint-Paul was built in the 12th century. It’s bell tower was added in the 13th century. In 1755 chancel and nave were virtually built anew. The church is consecrated to the apostles Saint Peter and Paul of Tarsus.

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The church Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul, own photo, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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This church window shows, that there have been changes. Own photo, licence: public domain

The town hall was built in the second half of the 19th century and is placed next to the church.

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Town hall, own photo (in commons) licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Behind the church is a footpath that leads up the mountains, 200 meters (218.72266 Yard) higher and 200 steps farther lies the ruin of a medieval castle (11th century). Pantin, with hurting thighs, we went up. Twice are benches placed next to the steps, so people can have a rest. We didn’t rest though and were tough (-cough-). Markus commented, that the life of a delivery boy must have been difficult in medieval times. Five times per day up and down the hill and one gets thighs like trunks.

Outside of the town centre is a street that goes up the hill and near the castle.

On the mountain the path leads around the castle and inside. On the back is a huge meadow with more benches and tables for picnic. It was Sunday and the weather was fine, but except us nobody was there (at least no humans).

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Thick roots on the ruins, own photo, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Markus guessed, that the roots bind the ruins.

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More roots, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Tower, own photo, licence: public domain

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Hole, own photo, licence: public domain

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View onto the castle, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Northern side, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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More northern side, own photo, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Northwestern corner, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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The wall bears holes of a wooden construction. Own photo (in commons) licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

We went around the castle and inside. There we saw a mysterious brown animal bottom with a stumpy tail. I thought it might be a deer, but it was a goat, that had some goat friends. The goats were only half tame and slipped through under the fences when we came nearer. They climbed on the ruins and posed there.

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Now with goats, own photo (in commons), Lizenz: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Goats walk to the tower, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The mother goat, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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A goat poses in a hole, own photo, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Some sod has carved my initials in a trunk in 1936. Own photo, licence: public domain

At the northwestern corner is a lookout over the Risle valley.

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View over the Risle valley, the white castle is the Château de la Motte. Own photo, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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The château de la Motte, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

At the tourist office is a parking place and that seems to be also the market place, because the reconstruction of a medieval covered market (“halles”) stands there.

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Covered market, own photo, licence: public domain

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10 thoughts on “Montfort-sur-Risle, a castle over the Risle river

  1. […] photos, saint-philbert-sur-risle von stanzebla Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle lies next to Montfort-sur-Risle on the other side of the Risle river. It had 796 inhabitants in 1999. We went there on a Sunday in […]

  2. Ethan Banks

    Hi,
    My name is Ethan and my ancestors built this castle.

    I was wondering if I may please use some of your photos of the castle (without the cutie goats), as I really would like some awesome photos of my family’s old place. It s not for commercial purposes, merely just because they are awesome photos!

    Hope that would be ok,
    Ethan

    • They are licenced Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported, so yes you can use them. You can even modify them and remove the goats if you don’t like them. :O But you have to give me credits (attribution) and write, that I (stanzebla aka Stanzilla) made them and give a link to the source. Why do you think your ancestors built the castle?😮

  3. Hey!
    Sure, I can do that🙂
    Thanks very much!

    I am unsure why the castle was built, I think it was because being from nobility class It could just have made sense, especially when making moves for England and such.

    It is interesting as we moved to England and then built a castle there, so it must have been for something important?

    Very interesting though!
    Ethan

    • Hum, I know why it was built, but I wondered why you think your ancestors built it. You’re from some kind of noble family? I tell you why I ask. That castle was founded by Romans (-52-+486) and had been used by Merovingians (486-8th century) and Carolingians afterwards. It was rebuilt for Hugues I. in the 11th century. If it’s only about building it like a worker, a mason, or a roofer and so on… it is likely that most of the male inhabitants of Montfort helped building it. So if your ancestors were inhabitants in the 11th century, they probably helped to build it. I have no idea where my ancestors lived in the 11th century.😉

      Base Mérimée:
      Le château fort serait de création romaine. Il aurait été occupé par les Mérovingiens et les Carolingiens. Reconstruit 1ère moitié 11e siècle pour Hugues à la Barbe (?) . Renforce pour Hugues IV 1ère moitié 12e siècle. Ruiné en 1204 par Jean sans Terre. Vestiges de tours et de murs mentionnés en 1855

  4. my surname is Mountford and i believe my ancesters came from this village i reside in Preston England

    • First I’d like to say it is a pleasure to see, that not everybody thinks he’s noble.🙂

      Duke William of Normandy went to England to become a king and several times in the following centuries big parts of Normandy became English. William brought a lot of warriors with him and he gave land and honours to his loyal followers. So yes, this is a possible explanation. Correct spelling wasn’t invented back then.

      Montfort means castle on a hill. It’s a terribly common name for people, places and castles. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montfort

      The family name Mountford is also quite common. Don’t trust those genealogical websites that in the end try to sell you something. A coat of arms for example. They tell everybody they are noble. I don’t know if British people have the possibility to check the registry of births, deaths and marriages in their hometowns or the hometowns of their ancestors. In France we got open registers for the time of the Ancien régime (if they were not burned during the French Revolution). That doesn’t help you much because 1066 was centuries before the Ancien régime. The registry of Montfort-sur-Risle starts 1546. http://archives-viewer.cg27.fr/img-viewer/etatcivil/8MI2797/viewer.html?ns=AD02701_8MI2797N0_C.jpg

  5. […] small or no fee, depending on the wealth of the deceased. Nowadays Morsan belongs to the parish of Montfort-sur-Risle and to the Confrérie de Charité of Giverville. This religious standard of the Confrérie de […]

  6. Bonjour,

    Je suis Ludovic Laignel ,bénévole de l’association Montfort Culture et Patrimoine.
    Notre association entretient le chateau de Montfort sur Risle toute l’année
    Je vous invite à consulter notre page facebook https://www.facebook.com/amcp27 ou notre site internet
    http://www.amcp27.fr

    des photos du chateau : https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.254263284659864.60225.251895148230011&type=3

    La prochaine, vous pouvez demander une visite guidée en anglais si vous voulez .
    Cordialement
    Ludovic Laignel
    Bénévole Association Montfort Culture et Patrimoine

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