Chateau de Montbrun-Bocage

A Chateau fort built in the XIIth and XVth century’s. During the sixteenth century the family of Villemur reigned over the seigneury of Montbrun, transforming the chateau by building a Corps de Logis, of which remains some of the ruins. Jean de Villemur 1st, son of Gaspard, then François, son of Jean and finally Bertrand, eldest son of Francis who was the last male descendant of the family. He would be wounded in 1570 with a arquebus in the thigh (he got shot), at the siege of Carla and died as a result of his injury shortly thereafter, the same year. He was buried in Montbrun.

In 1667, Monsieur de Froidour, sent to the Pyrenees by Louis XIV to put order in the royal forests, stops there, He notes the remains of the primitive castle in the form of a square tower containing the staircase and defended by allowslits and a nasty Corps de Logis which is accessed by a broken porch. With these remains sit the New Chateau but it is only a Corps de Logis with a small narrow courtyard. It is very dilapidated.

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The site around 1942, Source Geoportail

At the time of the Revolution Jean de Courdurier is Lord of Montbrun. Then the Chateau became the property of the family Lapasse, settled in Montbrun since 1478, Sicard de Lapasse, having acquired, by his marriage with Catherine de Cazalets, a fief in Montbrun, paid homage on June 10 to Noble Gaspard de Villemur, Lord of Montbrun, Saint Pol et Pailhès. The chateau was restored in the early nineteenth century and then became the property of the Miramont family by the marriage of Louis Jacques Paul Auguste Miramont, notary Royal at the Bastide de Besplas with Lizette Emilie de la Passe last heiress of the castle in 1872.

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Aerial View of the site during more modern times

In 1885, Monsieur Abdou, a teacher at Montbrun, noted in his monograph that “three-quarters of this construction are intact, The missing quarter was deliberately demolished by Monsieur de Lapasse, the then owner of the manor. The ground floor of the conserved area offers a sumptuous mansion. On the second floor, in the room of the western tower, is the Lord’s bed intact. The four columns that serve as feet, that come up, in an arc-end, so as to form a beautiful sky.”

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Postcard believed to date to around 1900.

1918. The castle is abandoned in the aftermath of the World War I and slowly begins to fall into ruin.

In 2018, When we arrived at the foot of the chateau, we did not know what to expect, upon getting closer you could hear the work of hammering and someone cutting with a mitra saw, as we approached the entrance we could see that work was underway, making access available to the site, roofs being repaired, new gates being installed, the owner told me about his battle with the ruins but work on the site is progressing, he kindly let me have a look around and take some photos, thank you for allowing us to visit and continue the good work. we’ll look forward to returning again one day to see how the chateau has changed as it moves forward into the 21st century.

2018