Photographer's Note

Regnéville-sur-Mer is a French commune in the department of Manche and the region of Lower Normandy. With a population of 830 (2009), it is located 10 kilometres south-west of the town Coutances, beside the Sienne river, opposite the point of Agon. The municipality is composed of three villages: Regnéville-sur-Mer, Grimouville and Urville-sur-Mer. At its peak in the late 19th century, the commune had a population in excess of 2000.

Once an important port for the trade of lime with England, Regnéville later became a fishing port handling fish caught off Newfoundland. Today, its harbour is threatened by silting and only pleasure boats remain.

The pictures in this series were all taken in the village Regnéville.

A picturesque village and favored by artists, Regnéville features a number of interesting buildings, including the remains of the old fortified château, the construction of which dates from the 11th century. It was the subject of fierce battles between the French and English during the Hundred Years War. In the seventeenth century, Richelieu decided on the destruction of the fortress. Filled with gunpowder, a massive explosion ensued, throwing debris for miles around.

The Church of Our Lady of Regnéville has a massive bell tower dated from the 12th century and has been classified as a historic monument since 1937. There are also the remains of four 19th century lime kilns, which now house a museum illustrating the village's industrial and maritime heritage.

The above was extracted and translated from an article on the French Wikipedea site.

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