Castle of Newfoundland, French Heritage monument to Fontenay le comte

This castle presents in the shape of two perpendicular wings flanquees of turns and watch towers.

These wings (one in the North-West and another in the North-East), are dotees of two stages and two levels of basement (one of them is vault).

The north-eastern wing is prolongee, in return, of a lower building flanks of a tower.

The north-western wing is prolongee of a building in ground floor.

As regards materials:

  • Freestone for the building in ground floor
  • Freestone still for the principal frontage and the watch towers of the north-western wing
  • Idem for the pinion and the watch towers of the north-eastern wing.
  • the remainder of construction is out of hardcore, often coated.
  • All the roofs are out of slate.
  • exception however for the commun runs which are tiled.

The access on the floors is done by a winding staircase out of frame, that with the basement by a right staircase in masonry.

Castle of Newfoundland
(Castle of Newfoundland, fontenay le comte)

Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

Castle of Newfoundland, The castle of Newfoundland consists of two perpendicular wings flanked by towers and bartizans. These wings, one to the Northwest, the other in the Northeast, (...) Castle of Newfoundland, French Heritage monument to Fontenay le comte fontenay le comte, vendee

Location and general information

  • identifier : 138456
  • item : château de Terre-Neuve
  • Location of the building :
    • Pays de la Loire
    • Vendée
    • Fontenay-le-Comte
  • Address : 1 rue de Jarnigande
  • Place name : Terre-Neuve
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 85092
  • Zip code of the municipality : 85200
  • Order in the communal list : 37
  • Name of the building :
    • The building is designated as follows : castle
  • State :
    • current state of the monument : restored

Dates and times

  • Period of construction :
    • We have no information on the time of construction of this monument.
  • Years :
    • 1757
    • 1761
    • 1848
    • 1849
    • 1866
    • 1876
  • Investigation : 1996
  • Dates of protection :
    • 1978/12/13 : classé MH partiellement
    • 1978/12/13 : inscrit MH partiellement
  • Date taken into account : 2002/12/26

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials: 5 elements are used in the main structure of the building.
    • limestone
    • rubble
    • coating
    • ashlar
    • stone
  • Roofing : Coverage of this building is varied there are 5 different types :
    • roof with long tails
    • pinion discovered
    • conical roof
    • pinion
    • roof
  • Materials (roofing) : 2 elements in the composition of the hedge, among them we noted
    • slate
    • hollow tile
  • Other about the composition roofs : 2 modes of coverage are listed
    • ribbed vault
    • barrel vault
  • Floors : 5 type of floors in this manual :
    • basement
    • ground floor
    • 2 storey square
    • 2 basement floors
    • rez-de-chaussee
  • Stairs : 7 types of stairs have been cataloged in this monument, stairs are of type :
    • straight staircase
    • masonry
    • in frame
    • stairs in work-
    • staircase
    • staircase to return
    • straight staircase in masonry
  • Decoration of the building :
    • The decor consists of 'sculpture'
  • Representation : 5 ornamental motifs have been identified
    • arms
    • medallion
    • cartridge
    • angel
    • mascaron
  • Typology :
    • No information about typology.
  • Plan : 2 types of plan in this building
    • Plan regular L
    • regular plan

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 : 2 distinct parts in the constitution of this place :
    • common
    • garden
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other :
    • other Information : decor outside private property
  • Picture : a2ea0e0245c2f1a9327eedecd0eeffc1.jpg
  • Involved in the work : Rapin Nicolas (commanditaire)
  • Detail :
    • Porche, bâtiment avec voûte de Coulonges, hall, salle à manger, salons : classement
    • façades et toitures : inscription.
  • Author of the survey MH : Réau Marie-Thérèse
  • Mérimée reference : IA85000431

Men involved in this construction

Contributions documentaries made by visitors

Castle of Newfoundland, French Heritage monument to Fontenay le comte. Picture of Adélie
château de Terre-Neuve, fontenay le comte
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Castle of Newfoundland, French Heritage monument to Fontenay le comte. Picture of Adélie
château de Terre-Neuve, fontenay le comte
Adélie says of the history of this building :

Le château de Terre-Neuve a une particularité que peu de château en Vendée ont:

Logis renaissant du XVIe siècle construit pour Nicolas Rapin, Grand Prévôt de la Connétablie de France et ami d'Aggrippa d'Aubigné entre autres. Il échappe au vandalisme révolutionnaire et est remanié à l'époque du romantisme au XIXe siècle par Octave de Rochebrune. Ce dernier choisit de prélever des éléments sur d'autres monuments renaissants locaux ou non pour son château. Travaille d'antiquaire et de sauvegarde de ces éléments menacés dans leur emplacement d'origine de ruine comme la porte de la chapelle de Coulonges-sur-l'Autize. Les vantaux et les soleils rayonnant proviennent de Chambord, don fait à Rochebrune par son ami le comte de Chambord. 

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