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