Castle said domain D'orval, French Heritage monument to Camembert

Laurence Jean-Marie and Christophe Maneuvrier give us some elements permetant to transplant the decorations of the castle and the field of Orval in their Distinction work and social superiority (the Middle Ages and modern time):

For this study thus were select a whole of sieuries and strongholds noble, but also of vavassories commoners, locate in two localities of Basse-Normandie, Argences, close to Caen, and Camembert cheese in south country of Trough. The files of the abbeys of the Trinity of Fecamp, the abbey Notre-Dame d' Almenesche, and the family Clouet d' Orval made it possible to prove the identity of the sieurs and of the groins which are succeeds on five noble strongholds and six vavassories.

All the relative informations has these strongholds and has their holders are joined together in the tables give in appendices. With Camembert cheese, the sieuries of Orval and Camembert cheese, strongholds noble, are the property of the Calmesnil family until the Revolution. When Pierre de Calmesnil, already sior of Orva|, becomes Camembert cheese sior. in 1603, it benefits from it to subject the men and vassal Camembert cheese sieurie or it does not have there a mill with the banality of the sieurie of Orval. The sior of Orval and Camembert cheese is coseignor of the Camembert cheese village with L `abbey benedictine Notre-Dame d' Almenesche.

The Flament strongholds, of Mesnil and Querville, strongholds noble locate has Argences, raise of the baronnie of Argences held by the monks of the Trinity of Fecamp. The Camembert cheese vavassories, prone of the Camembert cheese baronnie held by the ladies D `Almenesche, are on the other hand vavassories commoners. In Camembert cheese and Argences, it is easy with the first glance to distinguish the sieuries and noble strongholds of simple the vavassories commoners, because of the importance of their field not fieffe, on which a castle is drawn up or a manor surrounds by a park.

The ministry for the culture provided, from its dimension a detailed description of the structures of the field, one learns there that it includes/understands:

  • A home built in side of wood, brick and hardcores coated
  • Stables built out of limestone with a brick decoration
  • An old stone housing.
  • Cattle sheds in wood side
  • A whole of agricultural brick buildings with stone in filling.

Concerning the history known site one learns moreover than Gabriel de Calmesnil, rider, was lord of Orval in 1758, according to X. Rousseau.

The property is then conservee by the family Clouet d' Orval after the Revolution.

The home very dates from the 18th century except for the part southern, remaniee, but probably former.

The stables including/understanding of the residences on the floor are 1st quarter of the 19th century.

the agricultural parts date from the end of the 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century.

Castle said domain D'orval
Crédit photo : (Castle said domain D'orval, camembert)

Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

Castle said domain D'orval, Logis (?) timber, brick and rubble-coated; stables limestone brick decor; former housing stone; stables in timber; farm buildings in brick with stone fill (...) Castle said domain D'orval, French Heritage monument to Camembert camembert, orne

Location and general information

  • identifier : 100159
  • item : Château dit Domaine d' Orval
  • Location of the building :
    • Basse-Normandie
    • Camembert
  • Place name : Orval
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 61071
  • Zip code of the municipality : 61120
  • Order in the communal list : 1
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : castle
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 4 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 18th century
    • 19th century
    • 1st quarter 19th century
    • Second half 19th century
  • Investigation : 1991
  • Date taken into account : 1994/04/08

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials: 9 elements are used in the main structure of the building.
    • limestone
    • rubble
    • coating
    • brick
    • wood
    • stone
    • timbered
    • brick and stone
    • cob
  • Roofing : Coverage of this building is varied there are 8 different types :
    • roof with long tails
    • rump
    • conical spire
    • sprocket cover
    • polygonal roof
    • broken hip
    • pinion
    • roof
  • Materials (roofing) : 2 elements in the composition of the hedge, among them we noted
    • slate
    • flat tile
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors : 3 type of floors in this manual :
    • 1 floor square
    • floor height
    • stage base
  • Stairs : 4 types of stairs have been cataloged in this monument, stairs are of type :
    • in frame
    • stairs in work-
    • staircase
    • staircase to return
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas : 10 distinct parts in the constitution of this place :
    • court
    • housing
    • garden
    • stable
    • agricultural portions
    • barn
    • pond
    • pool
    • by
    • share
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : private property
  • Author of the survey MH : Mousset Hélène
  • Mérimée reference : IA00120079

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