< Back to 'History' In my previous post I talked about the difficult period around the French Revolution, the things that were happening around the Moulin de la Roche at the time and how they might have impacted the miller, René Monsimier and his family. The story continues with the miller who took over Moulin … Continue reading René Plassais: miller 1805 – 1820
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René Monsimier: miller from 1770 ish – 1805
< Back to 'History' It's not just who lived in your house before you that's fascinating. It is also what was happening around them during their lives. This is especially true for the millers at le Moulin de la Roche in the 1700s as, out of all the turbulent times that France has seen in … Continue reading René Monsimier: miller from 1770 ish – 1805
The Middle Ages
Trouble at t'mill < Back to 'History' If you have read the page about the origins of le Moulin de la Roche, you'll know how excited I was to find that our mill was mentioned as one of the properties included in the donation Guy I de Laval made of his lands in Auvers in … Continue reading The Middle Ages
The Joubert family – 1902-1918 (updated)
< Read other snippets of the mill's history An old postcard from the early 1900s shows le Moulin de la Roche with a couple standing outside, presumably the miller and his wife. The census records available on the departmental archives’ website show that in 1906 the meunier, miller at le Moulin de la Roche was … Continue reading The Joubert family – 1902-1918 (updated)
Tracing the history of our French home – Part 6
Cartulaires (or 'If only I had paid attention in school...') Have you ever thought “Oh, how I wish I’d paid more attention to that in school”? Three of the lads in our gang of friends in my teens couldn’t wait to leave school and celebrated crazily when they left to start apprenticeships in local garages, … Continue reading Tracing the history of our French home – Part 6
Tracing the history of our French home – Part 5
Google is your friend During the confinement, at the start of my search (and not really knowing what I was looking for!), I got a bit bored and started googling the name of the mill/ the river we’re on/ the name of the village in various permutations. Once I had got through several pages of … Continue reading Tracing the history of our French home – Part 5
Tracing the History of our French home – Part 4
Local historians, past and present You’ll have seen from my last post, Thank you Abbé Toublet, that one particular local historian has helped me to trace our mill back a thousand years. Yes, you read that right – A THOUSAND YEARS! Read about it here There’s no doubt about it. Local historians, past and present, … Continue reading Tracing the History of our French home – Part 4
Thank you, Abbé Toublet.
So it probably won’t come as a surprise when I say that some of the most useful resources I found for finding out about the history of our French water mill were local historians. One of our first visitors when we moved into the mill was a local historian eager to find out how much … Continue reading Thank you, Abbé Toublet.
Mapping the past
From the initial exploration of the fabric of the building, it didn’t look as if our home was more than a couple of hundred years old. However, one quite important thing to know if you own a water mill in France is what droits d’eau, water rights you have, if any. As Colin was quite … Continue reading Mapping the past
When we bought our mill I was hoping to receive a sizeable pile of old deeds which I could study when whiling away the grey winter hours by the log fire with a glass of wine. I was rather disappointed therefore when it appeared that the old documentation had somehow been ‘discarded’ during the most recent changes of ownership. So I'm on the hunt...