Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle and its priory

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 July 2010, the sun was burning down on us. The summer holidays of the French schools had already begun. We wanted to see the priory Saint-Pierre, that had been founded in 1120. I knew it belongs to the commune because the Base Mérimée had told me so. The first sign we found was at the western end of the village. It said there would be the priory and a parking place. We could only guesss where the parking place was and parked our car between some truck trailers and tissues (yuk). At the priory was a small sign with it’s name. No signs if we could visit it, no description, nothing. We went in. Some women were working at some timber-framed houses. Three couples were lying around in the meadow. I asked one of the women, that were working, if the place was private and she said: “Yes, usually you have to rent it, but today it can be visited.” Strange answer, but whatever, she showed us, where we should not go, because there are maintenance activities.

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Entrance of the priory, own photo (in commons) licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Asking ourselves, if we are allowed to visit it or not. Own photo, licence: all rights reserved

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The church of the priory (church Saint-Ouen), own photo, licence: public domain

Around a manor house (19th century) and between the church and some timber-framed houses runs a small watercourse, that is fed by the holy spring of Radegonde (which we couldn’t see, because of the maintenance activities). People used to place ribbons or clothes at holy springs like that, they thought, that Radegonde could heal skin diseases.

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This is not the Risle, the monks have chosen a beautiful place. Own photo, licence: public domain

On the western part of the property stands a mill wheel at the watercourse and two huge cauldrons.

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Mill wheel and manor house, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

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Church Saint-Ouen. Own photo, licence: public domain

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Column at the church, own photo, licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The entrance of the church lies opposite to the town hall (Mairie). On the western side of the church stands the war memorial and a cemetery cross. On the façade of the house next to the town hall is a huge painting (with sheep).

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Town hall of Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle, own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Painting

Strange inscription on the church façade, Epigrama hexastici, own photo, licence: public domain

War memorial, own photo (in commons), licence: public domain

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The church was built in the 13th century. own photo (in commons), licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

On the way back we drove on smaller roads along this side of the Risle. Parts of it are marked as “Voie verte” (green road).

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The Risle 2km south of the town centre of Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle and 1,5km northwest of Glos-sur-Risle, own photo, licence: public domain

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Risle again, own photo (in commons) you can see the coordinates on its page there. Licence: CC by/ Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

This seems to be a distribution station or something like that. Own photo, licence: public domain

risle seuil, weir, wehr

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

At this “green road” lies a castle (13th century), it still belongs to Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle. The place is called “La Baronnie”. There is only a tiny sign and no parking place. The castle is privately owned and someone lives there.

tour de la baronnie saint-philbert-sur-risle

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

tour de la baronnie saint-philbert-sur-risle

The wall consists of dark chert, own photo, licence: public domain

Further reading:
Informations of the tourist office of the Communauté de communes Val de Risle

3 thoughts on “Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle and its priory

  1. […] He must have been quite wealthy. Strange enough the right of patronage belonged to a monastery, the priory of Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle and later to Bec Abbey, and not to the local […]

  2. Please, could you change the tourist office website? The right website is :
    http://www.tourisme-val-de-risle.com
    Thank you very much !

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