Le Chatelier ~ images from 1959 & 2010

Booklet cover

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.

Approach to Le Chatelier from Paulmy ~ c.1959

Approach to Le Chatelier ~ 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?

Approach to Le Chatelier c.1959

Approach to Le Chatelier ~ 2010

Chateau ~ draw bridge c1959

Chateau ~ drawbridge, 2010

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!

Chateau ~ portcullis, c.1959

Chateau ~ portcullis restored, 2010

Chateau ~ 17th Century wing, c.1959

Chateau ~ 17th Century wing, 2010

Aerial view of Le Chatelier, c1959
I couldn’t quite duplicate this shot.

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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