Chateau de Neuvillard

The name Neuvillard seems to date to the time just after the Romans as the French language passed its way down from Switzerland, its old name being Fresens after the village becomes unhabited, its name changes to Neu-villard, coming from old latin and means new villa (7th-9th century), It was originally believed to be land of a Templar knight, it is noted that in 1574, the land and the Baronnerie de Brie passes to the Seigneurs de Neuvillards by the death of the last male in line. Pierre de La Tour, Seigneur de Neuvillard, (Archives du château de Losmonerie) is resident at the chateau in 1594. Date Unknown, Boucher de la Judit, Seigneur de Linards, and the Lavaud St-Etienne, who resides in Neuvillard, Parish of St-Bonnet, are noted as being very wealthy people.

It is then owned by various members of the Lavaud-Saint Etienne de la Lande Family, they are noted as having 355 hectares of land, plus various other local domaines at this time believed called Haut-Neuvillard, and where the moulin sits Bas-Neuvillard, 1757? M J.-B Armand de la Lande, squire and Knight, Seigneur de Neuvillard et de Lavau-St-Étienne,  Phillip Lavau Saint Etienne de la Lande Born in Limoges in January 1789, died here in 1873, his son Marc died here in 1900,  he was married on 3 October 1853 to Blanche Ruyneau de Saint George (B.1831) who also died at the chateau in 1914, their child named Auguste although born in the Indre region died here on 20 November 1943.

The Domaine accounts of the family of La Lande of Neuvillards provide an interesting example of business during the XIXth century.  In the years 1814-1817, most metairies sell a mule every year, as for the rare mares sold, it seems that they are aged animals and in poor condition, their price not exceeding 72FR on the other hand in 1820. The accounts of the estates of Haut and of Bas Neuvillard record the sale every year or so of a mare, a filly or a foal, sometimes at high prices,  The estimation of the livestock of the domains carried out on 30 Jan 1830 mentions at least one mare in each field, 6 are said, full species mare, and are valued very expensively, 700FR-1200FR (around 2000 to €4,000 in today’s money,  at the time of the Second Empire (1852-1870), the mares disappeared from the fields to the benefit of cows and heifers, a start of the development of cattle breeding on Neuvillard.

2005  – A young Polish author alleged of an attempted murder at the beginning of 2005 in the Limousin and recently arrested in his native country where he had fled, was incarcerated on Tuesday in Limoges, says a judicial source. A former employee of the Château de Neuvillard, owned by the Austrian baron Waldemar Edgar Walzel von Wiesentreu, aged 69, located in Saint-Bonnet-Briance (Haute-Vienne), the 26-year-old man presented himself at his boss’s home on 19 February 2005.

In the absence of the aristocrat hotelier and farmer, he had violently taken, for reasons still undetermined, to the manager of the estate, a German 40 years of age. During a violent brawl, the Polish man shot the German, wounding him in the face, and stabbed him in the stomach and leg. He then forced his victim to drop him by car in the suburbs of Limoges.

The injured man then went to the hospital on his own. The alleged perpetrator was arrested in Poland by the local authorities at the end of 2005 following the release of a European arrest warrant. He was transferred to Limoges. Put on trial for attempted manslaughter and placed in detention, the man would have acknowledged the facts but denied having intended to kill his victim.

A man trying to do everything for the castle, the aggressor worked 60 hours a week, paid 50 euros, and was housed in a slum for which his boss claimed rent. The latter had already been convicted by the criminal Court of Limoges, the sentence issued was six months suspended and €5,000 in fine for the offence of performing a concealed job, and €6,000 euros fine for the employment of six foreigners without authorisation.

The Baron was laid to rest in 2016, The chateau who’s walls are dripping with water, now sits waiting for someone to take over.