It was around 1060 that the Lord of Heugleville offered some land to his son Gilbert, who was to build a fortress there on a hillock crowned with high beech trees which gave their name to the locality: Alta Fagus. Gilbert, companion of William the Conqueror on the battles of Hastings, will do a lot for the prosperity of his stronghold. In the 13th century, the town had 2000 inhabitants. We go there and weave the canvas, tanner workshops are established along the Saw. In the center of the village and present since the 11th century stands the collegiate Church of Notre Dame, listed as a Historic Monument, which underwent numerous transformations until the 17th century, with its bell tower culminating at 77 meters high, and the replicas of its famous Jacquemarts which strike the quarter hours (the original 17th century statues are exhibited in the hall of the town hall). With its public garden classified by the protective league of birds, its developments on industrial wastelands along the Scie, its Cauchoise houses, its old halls now housing the town hall in the heart of a lively square every Friday by the market , and its superb Château de Bosmelet which houses the collections of director Alain Germain, Auffay will never cease to surprise you with the richness of its heritage. Immerse yourself in its history with our step-by-step Auffay leaflet !
Bacqueville en Caux
When entering Bacqueville en Caux, one can admire the picturesque main square, its shops and its local market that exists since the 18th century, and which still takes place every Wednesday.
Wandering away from the city centre, down thesteps, will take you to the part of the village where the atmosphere still has a mediaeval touch. On the massive Church of St Pierre, the defenses built by feudal lords during the Middle Ages are still visible.
For horse lovers, you can find an international Racetrack in Bacqueville, and a stud farm that used to be a national one.
In the 16th century people living in the territory were for the most part literate thanks to the flourishing industrial and economic activities. Jean Venable (religious promoter) therefore decided to come to Luneray and teach the inhabitants about Protestantism. A protestant church was erected in Luneray in 1807. Some of the town's landmarks, for instance the illegal cemetery, are reminders of the French Wars of Religion.
Wander around the village, and discover Luneray's picturesque character and monuments. Stop at the Town Hall (a former grain market) on the main square. It is where one of the most popular local markets of the region takes place every Sunday. A not-to-be-missed occasion to buy typical local products.
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