A remarkable and picturesque ensemble of the Middle Ages (95 m long and 35 m wide), I am built in 1297, by order of the Knights of Armentières, on the borders of what you call today “the Ile-de -France “, in this region currently called” Hauts de France “. Witnesses of my story? Echauguettes, machicolation, loopholes, bretèches are still visible and admirable elements.
Castle of XIII and XVI ° centuries, classified Historical Monument on January 25, 1921, I was the residence of various nobles of the area (Gaucher of Unchair in 1320, family of Conflans during 120 years) to become the residence of Jean II Juvenal des Ursins, Archbishop of Rheims who had the task of crowned King Louis XI of France. Believe that this opportunity gave me many embellishments in the spirit of the Renaissance. And around 1560, by the marriage of Charlotte des Ursins with Antoine de Conflans, I returned to the family of Conflans until the Revolution.
In this regard, I must give you a secret … The Marquis of Conflans d’Armentières possessed a dungeon and exercised the right to justice … Imagine what it could generate as cruelty.
What a disappointment I felt about 1620 when I was given to a farmer! Do I have so little interest in turning me into a farm? That said, it saved me from demolition at the time of the Revolution! But my stones have largely suffered from the lack of maintenance and have for some part been diverted for the path layout and the renovation of the houses. Farming until 1975, I become the Château d’Armentières thanks to my owner who, since 2004, has undertaken major works for my rescue and my preservation, supported by the State and the Department of Aisne.