La Madeleine

La Madeleine

The old Duchemin estate La Madeleine (La Magdeleine) is located northwest of Tinchebray in the Lower Normandy region of France. The size of the estate during the 17th century is unknown, but based upon tax maps from the Napoleonic era, the estate included at least 5 acres.

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The Act in Advance of Succession from 1661 describes a manor house at La Madeleine having a tower, and such a house still stands on the property. This house is probably the same one dating from the mid-1600s.

Old Manor House with Tower at La Madeleine
Old Manor House with Tower at La Madeleine
View of the landscape at La Madeleine
View of the landscape at La Madeleine
Napoleonic era map identifying dwellings at La Madeleine. The manor house with tower is highlighted.
Napoleonic era map identifying dwellings at La Madeleine. The manor house with tower is highlighted.

Photos and map courtesy of Jacky Delafontenelle

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