Château de Villemesle
Location: Boisgasson, in the Eure-et-Loir departement of France (Centre Region).
Built: 17th century.
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Notes: The castle of Villemesle is a castle located in the town of Boisgasson, in the department of Eure-et-Loir.It was in 1222 that Jacques de Villemesle, first lord of Villemesle, built on what was a Gallo-Roman site (and whose name originates from Villa Merula, the house of blackbirds in Latin) Call the first Villemesle. It is designated in an act of 1403 as "mote de VIllemesle", possessing high, medium and low justice. The Hundred Years' War provoked its almost complete destruction. René des Loges, lord of Villemesle and captain and marshal of the Battles in the king's armies, decided in 1665 to raise the walls. In the eighteenth century, the castle takes its current form with the removal of certain outbuildings and the construction of the common in the forecourt. According to the history written by Abbé Peschot, it is on the plans of André Le Nôtre that Villemesle takes its present form. The castle is the subject of a partial inscription (façades and roofs, moats and gates) as historic monuments by decree of 2 March 1992.
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