Château de L'Échelle

L'Échelle, France

Château de L'Échelle origins are unknown. A first castle at this site was probably founded in the 13th century. In the 15th century a band of Armagnacs, outlawed supporters of Charles, Duke of Orléans, during the Hundred Years' War, settled in L'Echelle Castle and ravaged the area.

In 1594, Antoine de La Marche des Contes became Lord of L'Echelle by his marriage to Anne de Maucourt. Antoine, Governor of Sedan between 1599 and 1640, rebuilt L'Echelle Castle and gave it its present appearance. In 1642 Spanish troops plundered the village and attacked the castle. The castle walls still bear traces of this attack.

In 1730 the castle was acquired by the Chapter of Reims and transformed into a farm. During the French Revolution it was confiscated and sold as Bien Nationaux to a local hatter, Simon Pottier. He ceded the castle to the local community. The castle then became the town hall, a school and lodging for the head teacher.

At present L'Echelle Castle is still property of the village and houses a small local history museum.



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L'Échelle, France
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Linda Coffart (6 months ago)
Hello, I went there with my children to visit the museum of THE SCHOOL OF YESTERDAY and it has much more to young and old. We didn't have time to visit the castle but still had a look. I'm thinking of going on a little expedition to the castle soon.
Raphael Graziani (10 months ago)
Pretty little village, too bad there is no motorhome parking area because we would have gladly stayed for the night. Very beautiful castle and go see the wash house. The museum should just display the opening hours because we would have liked to do so.
Aymeric Staniewiez (10 months ago)
Superb castle in a pretty little Ardennes village...
Denis Hodister (10 months ago)
It houses the museum of the school of yesterday. Open on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from May 1
The_Tigrou 0824 (4 years ago)
The castle and very beautiful, but the village and not maintained and the cemetery is a shame
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