Saturday, July 17, 2010

Strainchamps ...

... Le Château de Strainchamps / Strainchamps Castle ...
Strainchamps possesses what is called in
local speech, the "castle",
a huge bourgeois
house with a tower ...


... the Castle is made of several parts built at
different eras.
The central building dates from 1861.
The tower was added in 1905. ...

... before becoming a hotel it used to be the residence
of a
notaries' family who was the richest family
of the village ...

... the oldest part is the barn (1701)

... the house features outstanding pitch pine paneling ...

... room with a view on the local church ...

... Strainchamps is situated on the hillside (between
385 and 515 m.)
and in the middle of a nature
reserve and is also considered as a "special
protection area", it is a small hamlet in the belgian
Ardennes, with about a hundred inhabitants ...


... garden #49 ...

... another bourgeois house near the River Sûre ...

... nestled in the Valley of La Sûre: a fishy river waving
in a wonderful landscape with meadows and
forests of spruces ...


... view on the 'Colombière/ dovecote' (1861)
and the St. Peter's church (1844)...

Le Château de Strainchamps ... (EN-FR-NL-DE)
Hôtel-Restaurant - official site
... Frans and Paulette Vandeputte-Lalande are
members of the association
Jeunes Restaurateurs
, vast family with a two-word philosophy:
talent and passion ...

... Strainchamps history ...
At the Roman time the village is occupied.
Strainchamps possesses several important agricultural
land and holds a privileged place along the Roman
way Arlon-Tongres, the walker can even see
the line along the N4.

During the Middle-Ages, Strainchamps is an
important lord's domain: the De Strainchamps
and the Du Trux become dispensers of justice
and do not hesitate to hang the peasants
who do not obey their orders.

In the XVIIth century, the Habsbourg from Austria
take Strainchamps and the Duchy of Luxembourg .
The local tradition says that the empress Marie-
Thérèse would have lived in the village around 1750.
She is said to have visited the mill and
the tannery,built under her reign, and she made
a gift of a bell made of bronze...

The maniorial system collapses with the
French Revolution, then came the independence
of Belgium (1831).
In 1847 the new belgian state ordered the sale
of the moors and this changed completely the
landscape. Instead of uncultivated soil with
brooms, heathers, ferns, people discovered
more and more spruces; these ones are
nowadays so typical in the Belgian Ardennes.

This region, ideal for walks , is nowadays so
restful that it is difficult to imagine that it was
the scene of one dramatic fighting during the
second world war.
In december 1944 Hitler launches the famous
counter-offensive of the Ardennes.

December 20th: the Wehrmacht enters Strain-
champs,but the american
soldiers blow up the bridge
of La Sûre. Thanks to the rise in the water level

the enemy is stopped. Strainchamps becomes
the extreme point of
the German advance.
For five days the whole village is bombarded.

On Christmas day the G.I. take over the village.

Strainchamps - histoire ... (FR)
by - official site
... Ce document est extrait de l'ouvrage
d'André LEBEAU
"Strainchamps à travers
vingt siècles" édité en 1970 ...