Château de Bourg-Esch
Location: Schwerdorff, in the Meurthe-et-Moselle departement of France (Lorraine Region).
Ownership / Access: Private property.
Notes: The castle of Bourg-Esch is a French castle located in the department of Moselle. It is part of the municipality of Schwerdorff.Before 1790, Bourg-Esch was on the spiritual plan annexed to the parish of Schwerdorf in the diocese of Trier and the archdeacon of Tholey. Administratively, it depended from 1751 to 1789 of the bailiwick of Bouzonville. Bourg-Esch was formerly the seat of an important seigneury of Lorraine under the provost of Siersberg, on which depended (with high, medium and low justice): Cottendorff, Oberesch, Schwerdorff, the vaudries of the Deux-Cours de Vaudreching and Bouzonville and the ruined mill of Ranspach. Around the principal center, where the castle stood, were three other villages which depended on it under the names of Esch, Mittelesch, and Oberesch. The first two were completely destroyed by the Swedish invasion in 1635. As for that of Oberesch, it was ceded to Prussia in 1815. Between 1815 and 1829, this castle is held by Prussia. He was reinstated in the commune of Schwerdorff by a royal ordinance of 7 October 1830.
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