La Chapelle Baloue

La Chapelle-Balouë offers a pleasant setting endowed with a multitude of curiosities, traces of the past.


La Chapelle Baloue

Thirteenth century church, classified crosses, wash houses with beveled washing stones, mill, castle located in the heart of the commune… all these sites reveal a rich architectural heritage. The former railroad Saint-Sébastien-Guéret allows for beautiful hikes, its railway bridges and its guard houses are factors of curiosity. La Chapelle-Balouë offers local services while remaining a rural commune, 3 shops: bakery, grocery store, café -restaurant. Patrick Josse’s greenhouses constitute the major economic pole.

Bourg, Eglise Notre-Dame de Lorette

According to various sources, the church was built in the late 12th or 13th century. From this period, it has preserved only its nave, whose choir and bays, however, have been reworked. The west portal was added in the course of the 13th century, while the chapels and the bell tower date from the 15th century.
The interior of the church is distinguished by the painted vault of the south chapel as well as the presence of fragments of 15th century limestone statues.

Eglise Notre Dame De Lorette
Eglise Notre Dame De Lorette

L’ Age Boireau, Moulin

On the commune there were once two hydraulic mills: the Jaussée mill, now on the commune of Lafat, and the Age Boireau mill, whose activity ceased in 1980. Of ancient origin (18th century?), the latter appears on the cadastre of 1825 under the name << Moulin de la Chapelle ".[caption id="attachment_53992" align="alignnone" width="300"]L'age Boireau, Moulin L’age Boireau, Moulin[/caption]

La Chapelle Baloue Station

The establishment of the Saint-Sébastien-Guéret railroad line in 1886 induced the construction of a station in the hamlet of Le Goux and a gatekeeper’s station at La Jaussée. After the closure of the line (in 1940 for passengers and in 1950 for merchandise), the tracks were dismantled and transformed into a road. Three railroad bridges, however, were preserved: the one north of Le Goux (which is no longer accessible today) and those at Bel-Air and Bois-Moreau, which are perfectly identical.

L'age Boireau, Pont De Chemin De Fer
L’age Boireau, Pont De Chemin De Fer

Chateau de Beauregard

During the Ancien Régime, the Rancé family exerted its influence over the châtellenie. Nevertheless, the excessive spending of the Count of La Chapelle Baloue, Jean Tiercelin de Rancé, and his wife, Louise-Henriette Appelvoisin, caused the family to become indebted and impoverished the fief considerably. After the death of the Count in 1692, the estate remained in the hands of the family, thanks to the marriage in 1697 of Marie-Louise Tiercelin de Rancé, daughter of the Count, to Louis de Foudras, Count of Chateaudriers in the Mâconnais and Captain of the Guards. In 1791, the estate was declared a national asset and put up for sale. The Beauvais family ( whose descendants are the Thouvenin, Jautrou, and then Blanche) became owners in 1828 and undertook the construction of several buildings: the farmhouse with the dovecote, the west wing of the castle (1835), the house called “Le Chalet” (1860) and the outbuildings (1870).

Chateau De Beauregard
Chateau De Beauregard

The Château de Puyrageat

The fiefdom appears to date back to an earlier time than its first mention, at the end of the 15th century. It would have been under the control of the lords (then counts) of Dun for its tribute. Only the remains of two towers remain of this castle. On the cadastre of 1825, the parcel on which the remains are located is marked by dotted lines. On the neighboring parcel, only one building appears: the dwelling located at the entrance of the hamlet (entirely rebuilt after a fire in 1997), probably built thanks to the recovery of stones from the castle. The most remarkable reused ancient vestige is a sculpted lintel bearing a coat of arms. Above this lintel, a granite corbel was sealed into the device and now bears a flight shelf for pigeons.

Puyrageat, Vestiges De La Tour Sud Est
Puyrageat, Vestiges De La Tour Sud Est
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