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The vanity bell of the Tour de Beurre, at Rouen Cathedral

Match! Adam and Eve on the Tour de Beurre, Rouen cathedral

Match! Sculptures of Adam and Eve on the Tour de Beurre, Rouen cathedral The history of Rouen cathedral is one of stubbornness in the face of Vikings, fire, lightning strikes, falling spires and destructive wars. First an unremarkable riverside church in the 4th century, a determined clergy and Rouennaise people have

The legend of Saint Romain & the dragon, in Rouen


Our postcard match today is Rue Saint Romain, in Rouen. Despite many years and renovations the view is clearly recognisable, cherished by Rouen as a precious, historic highway. This street is named for one of Rouen’s more exciting saints.  Saint Romain was a seventh century hero famous for battling lasciviousness, pagans and

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

Tancarville Le Chateau ruines de la tour Coquesart

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

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