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The Footballers and forgotten château de Tancarville – a story of heritage in danger

An impossible match…. High on the cliffs above the River Seine in Normandy is an imposing old château .  Here history stretches back to the 11th century and the first Dukes of Normandy. Tancarville was home to Raoul I Fitzgerald, trusted friend of Robert, first Duke of Normandy.  Raoul would become William the Conqueror’s first Chamberlain, managing…

Return to Cahaignes; abandoned chateau update

Tucked away amongst our old posts are two about a chateau at Cahaignes, in the Eure region of Normandy. Back in 2013 we had hoped to match an old postcard of a grand chateau only to find it abandoned and in an appalling state. At that time there were no fences or gates and the doors…

Abandoned Normandy; a cottage by La Varenne

La Varenne river winds through the high cliffs and low fields in the Orne, Normandy. To find one little cottage that may no longer exist along it’s 40km was a challenge that we accepted… And won. Uncared for, unkempt. Easily missed in the undergrowth, sturdy cottage steps took us up to the front door. Lockless, paint peeling,…

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