Photo Camille Selva
You have just passed through
the porch of Number 6 place Arthur Boudin which is located only a stone's throw
away from the Vieux Bassin of Honfleur (behind the Town Hall).
You are now entering a magnificent courtyard called 'Cour de Roncheville'.
place is steeped in history since it has been established as a seigniorial
residence from 1206 until the English Occupation during the Hundred Years War.
At the End of the war, Charles VII made it the residence of the Governors in
Honfleur. Among them from 1470 to 1486, Louis de Bourbon was asked by Louis XI
to raise the fortifications and he decided to rebuild the Mansion of Roncheville
Over the centuries, the
Mansion underwent several changes, especially in the seventeenth century.
In 1983 Simon Chaye, an
artist as well as a painter on cardboard got the property of the whole building
and undertook what was going to be a long and successful rehabilitation since
the 'Manoir de Roncheville' got the title of Historical Monument in 1990.
The revival of the 'Cour de
Roncheville' was officially celebrated in 1986, but as far back as 1984 when I
met Simon Chaye I have had the opportunity to develop in this wonderful place
the Art Gallery and Studio I had set up in Honfleur in 1979.
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