Scots in Berry, Central France! Welcome in Aubigny, the Stuarts’ city… those Scottish lords came to help the king of France Charles VII during the Hundred Years War, to fight against the English.
And they settled here! The story began in 1423, when the king gave the land of Aubigny to Jean Stuart. Then Béraud Stuart turned up, then Robert, who transformed the small Aubigny into a lovely city. It remain vestiges from this time, some gorgeous Renaissance houses! Let’s go...
First, you have to know that in 1512, a terrible fire destroyed all the city. Lord of Aubigny, Robert Stuart, allowed all the inhabitants to take wood from his forests, in order to re-raise their houses. Thanks, Rob!
Among the nicest houses here, we have first François I’s house, next to the church. We can see ″1519″ on it, probably the date of the reconstruction. It has a nice sculpted decoration.
In the rue du Bourg-Coutant, we can see the Bailiff’s house, raised by Robert Stuart. Besides, do you see this medallion? We have his portrait on it, a kind of tribute for that generous benefactor! On a pole, there’s the R and the A, for ″Robert″ and ″Anne″ Stuart, but also R and J for ″Robert″ and ″Jacqueline″ de La Queille, his second wife!
In front of us, here’s the Saint-Jean’s house, made of wood and cob: it was re-raised after the fire. And it was a former inn!
Finally, the last house (maison du Pont-aux-Foulons): probably the oldest house in Aubigny, anterior to the fire of 1512 (for the stony part, not for the wooden one)! Foulons echoes the drapers’ work, who worked here until the 19th century: indeed, drapers fulled (fouler in French) the fabric in the river...