Villard

Nestled in the northwest of the Creuse department, between Dun le Palestel and Fresselines, the commune of Villard covers 1680 hectares, and its 329 inhabitants are spread over 26 hamlets.

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Villard

Agriculture constitutes the main pole of economic activity. Pole of exception in Limousin breed, of which a farm is frequently awarded at the glorious “Salon de l’Agriculture”, not to mention that you will find here the most important dairy farm of the department. Our commune is also home to a young tenniswomen, selected in the French junior team since last September. “Villard land of champions” could be the slogan to qualify this small town … full of resources …

Tenèze, Emile Duchier Bridge

The Emile Duchier Bridge, frequently referred to as the “Tenèze Bridge,” was built by municipal decision in 1932 to replace a granite bridge. Inaugurated in 1933, it was completely restored in 1995. Emile Duchier was mayor of Saint-Sulpice-le-Dunois from 1904 to 1935 and general councillor of the Creuse.

 

Pont De Ténèze

Pont De Ténèze

Bourg, Monument aux morts

The war memorial was built around 1920, in the aftermath of World War I, in memory of the thirty soldiers from Villard who died for France. After World War II, two more names were added. The monument is adorned with bronze palms, symbols of sacrifice and martyrdom.

Monument Aux Morts Villard

Monument Aux Morts Villard

Bourg, Eglise de la Conversion de Saint Paul

This Romanesque church, the oldest parts of which date from the mid-12th century, originally belonged to a former priory-cure that depended on the provostry of Saint-Vaury, itself attached to the abbey of Saint-Martial de Limoges. Dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, the church was later placed under the vocation of the Conversion of Saint Paul. Remodeled in the 18th century, it was restored several times during the 19th and 20th centuries. The church is distinguished by its south portal, whose voussoirs are decorated with a torus falling on sculpted capitals representing human and animal forms. Until 2008, only the portal was protected as a historical monument. The church is now listed in its entirety.

 

Eglise de Villard

Eglise de Villard

Le Moulin du Gue Cornu

Probably dated to the end of the 18th century, a period of strong development of watermills in France, Je moulin du Gué Cornu was a flour mill. Raised in 1887, it was equipped in the 20th century with a generator allowing me to run on electricity. The mill ceased its activity at the end of the 1990’s, the last miller was André RODIER. In 1922, the annex buildings of the mill, located at the south-west of the mill, on the other side of the brook, were demolished to make way for a house and a barn-stable. The old miller’s dwelling, built in the second half of the 19th century (around 1865), was then abandoned in favor of this new house. In the notarial acts, the Moulin du Gué Cornu is first designated as “Moulin du Gué”, it is only in 1844 that the designation “Moulin du Gué Cornu” appears.

Moulin Du Gue Cornu

Moulin Du Gue Cornu

Pont de l’Enfer, Pont

This bridge called “Pont de /’Enfer” was built in 1838 to connect Dun,Je,Palestel to Aigurande more easily. On this bridge passed the Royal road n°151 bis which connected Angoulême to Nevers.
In Creuse, several bridges are called ” Pont de ]’Enfer” because of a legend of which there are many variants.

Pont de l'enfer

Pont de l’enfer

Le Terrail, Château

The oldest known lord of the Château du Terrail is Maximilien de Renu, knight of Aubusson, du Terrail, des Vauxfouines and other places. In 1521, Pierre de Chamborant was the lord of Terrail, Les Portes and [?ouillac. The castle has notably preserved its dovecote, a privilege of the lords in the Middle Ages.

Chateau Le Terrail

Chateau Le Terrail

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