Le Fournel - the history

See also the photos Pigeon tower 1 Pigeon tower2 Spring Window Well Bread oven

     According to Mr. LALANDE, In the feudal debentures of 1764, one of his ancesters, Antoine LALANDE, bourgois of "Les FOURNELS", directly shared lordship of 22 sites. The LALANDE`s notably shared the lordship of MONCALOU.
Antoine LALANDE was born at MONCALOU in 1720, the commune of FLORIMONT GAUNIER (24), and died at the FOURNELS the 5th April 1770 leaving a son whose decendants are still with us today.
     In 1873, a François PEZET and his "Parétou", Perette VIROL, bought the house part. The only witnesses of the LALANDE`s era, are thhe only witnesses of the LALANDE`s era, are the huge fire dogs and the cast iron chimney plaque still in the inglenook fireplace, (lo cantou).
     The fire back, athough well used, but still in service, is interesting because of its design. In the middle rises a tree with its roots showing, and its numerous branches covered in pine cones. On the right, a snake redresses its head and on the left there is a short sword, blade upwards. In between the sword and the tree is a large letter M, which according to tradition stands for MONCALOU.
     There is also heresay of the existance of a class room, long since disappeared, but one can still see on the outside wall, the outline of the old door, now filled in.
     Another source of interest, is the presence of a round well 16 metres deep. Towards the bottom of which becomes bottle shaped with a ledge around just above water level. (Witnessed by the late Jean Norbert RUARD). On the surface, the margin is square, with a stone either side hollowed to th a stone either side hollowed to take a forked post which holds the pulley bar in place.
     I can`t finish without evoking the memory of the LALANDE`s, and notably that of Guillaume LALANDE MONCALOU, 'Grognard de l`Empire', whose services were worth acompanying NAPOLEON to the Isle of ELBA. He stayed at Les FOURNELS for the last time in April 1815, where he had 'Une aimable cousine' of the same name. He died on the evening 18th June 1815 at WATERLOO, killed by shrapnel. It was the 'Hundred Days' (An extract of a tragedy in three acts by Gilbert LALANDE XII 1955 - Personal Collection).