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HAVRE


The history of this once beautiful castle goes back way in time. It is said that the first castle of Havré was built in the 12th century but nothing is know about the first Lords of Havré. Beside that one of the heirs married a member of the Enghein family in 1225 and that the estate remained in the hands of this family until 1423. In 1365 the Flemsih army destroyed the castle. Gérard d'Enghein had the castle rebuilt at the end of the 14th century; its rectangular layout has been preserved until this day. The same Géerard left the estate to his nephew, Christophe de Harcourt in 1423. In 1439, Marie de Harcourt married Jean d'Orléans, the count of Dunoisa and Duke of Longueville. The Seigneury of Havré was her dowry. In 1528 the Longueville family exchanged the castle plus all lands attached for those of Longhy, in Normandy that belonged to the family Croy. The croy family settled in Havré and so it became a marquisate in 1578 and a Dutchy in 1628. The Croy family stayed in Havré until 1792. 1578 doom strucked the castle when it was destroyed by a fire after been besieged several times. Charles-Alexandre de Croy-Havré took it on himself to rebuild the family estate late 16th early 17th century. The once mighty fortress was converted into residence accordance to the architectural style of the day. The overall structure maintained however the looks of a stronghold. Several outbuildings were added but all disappeared throughout time. The Croy – Havré family left the castle after the French revolution in 1792. The castle was confiscated by the authorities and resold. The Croy family bought it back in 1807 to leave it once and for all in 1839. The castle of Havré fell into the hands of Canon Puisant in 1927 and was bought by the Province of Hainault in 1927. It became a national historic monument in 1936 but by then it was already largely in ruins because of a landslide in 1930. When you walk now around the moat of this castle you can only imagine how big and impressive this castle must have been in all its glory. The castle is public property so you can visit it any time. The moat is a popular fishing spot for the locals and what is left of the park can be used for a pick nick. In the park is also a rose garden that can be visited during the summer for a small fee of 1,5€. You can find the ruins in the village of Havré.

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