Earlier this week Claudette Barrault of Le Chatelier lent me a booklet on history of Le Chatelier and its Lords; Notice, Historique sur le Chateau du Chatelier-le-Fort et ses Seigneurs (see left). Interestingly it uses the arcane name for the hamlet, Chatelier-le-Fort. This name was lost, along with others in the Touraine (e.g. Prissigny-le-Grand) when place names were modernised.
The booklet has some interesting photos of the hamlet from 1959 and I have placed them alongside the ‘same’ image from 2010.It’s interesting to see that the old roadsign/milestone has gone ~ I wonder if it would have survived today’s drivers coming back from L’Union bar?
Note that in 1959 the moat was dry and overgrown. According to people of the hamlet it has only had water for about the last 30 years. Today the water to the moat is fed from Le Brignon by an electic pump. P.S. The drawbridge works!
I couldn’t quite duplicate this shot.