La Maison Médiévale
Found in the French city of Honfleur, in the Normandy region, is La Maison Médiévale. This is the only skilfully constructed medieval gatehouse in France. It was built in 1420 by English carpenters during the Hundred Years’ War. As the name suggests, the building served as the gateway to an estate. Unfortunately, this estate no longer exists. The building is originally from the neighboring town of Selles, where it was threatened with demolition due to its decay. The municipality of Saint Sulpice de Grimbouville decided in 1998 to move the gatehouse to the municipality and transform it into the new town hall.
What does the building look like now?
The ground floor of the gatehouse had a wide covered passage for the incoming carts. There was also a single room here. The first floor was accessed by a staircase and an outside gallery leading to two porters’ quarters. These features have now disappeared. However, the building still has many architectural features from the time of the Hundred Years War. The frame has a ridge on three sides, with a gallery at the rear. The building has a wood and corn on the cob fireplace inside, covered with chestnut clapboards. The whole building has been restored to its original state as much as possible. For functional reasons, a new contemporary volume had to be grafted onto the old frame.
The picturesque city of Honfleur
Honfleur is a city in Normandy. The city is located at the mouth of the Seine and is a true city of art and history. The houses have a typical appearance, with wooden walls and slate roofs. This combination has inspired many painters. The drawings of these painters can be viewed in the Eugène-Boudin Museum. Honfleur also offers the Saint Catherine, an old church from the 15th century, against which many religious disputes took place. To top it all off, there is an avenue full of medieval houses in the city center.