Château de la Béchère
Location: Grand-Auverné, in the Loire-Atlantique departement of France (Pays de la Loire Region).
Built: 16th-17th century.
Ownership / Access: Private property.
Notes: The castle of La Béchère, or castle of the Beschère or castle of La Bessière, is an old building located in Deux-Évailles in Mayenne. The chart of the Beschere contains eighteen chapters. This inventory is very valuable for local history. It is preserved in the Departmental Archives of Mayenne, following a gift from Guillaume-François d'Ozouville.The Abbe Angot, describes Béchère thus: "The castle, whose ruins are still curious, consisted of a main body flanked at the corners of the facade of two pavilions. The river of Deux-Évailles filled the ditches on three sides and the entrance was protected by a wall pierced with loopholes. The chapel occupied the top of the portal with a semicircular porch still standing. ". In 1618, according to a declaration by Louis de Beauvau, La Béchère understood "a stronghold, land, fief, seigniory, house, barn, granaries, escuries, estables at bestes, bushes, courts, yards and gardens, The woods of the high forest behind the house, the estang and the fields of Barbalou les Marmotieres, where are the plains with hutches, the Hauts-Vesprés meurgers where there are also glappiers, meurgers, plaites with connins the estang de Moitry, Estang nine reduced in meadows, the farming of the Borderie, part of the wood of Gerenne, the farming of Mérolles ".The Bechere belonged in part to the Duchy of Mayenne and partly to Thuré. He had a right to high, middle and low justice, without it being seen that this right has ever been put into practice. There was no other officer than the tax attorney. The fiefs of La Beschere stretched over almost the whole of the parish of Deux-Evailles and several lands of Gesnes, Commer, Bais and Martigné. This land belonged, from about 1200 to 1350, to the family of Deux-Evailles. In 1350 she was married by Marguerite de la Beschère to Jean Bois-Guémars or Glamard, who died childless, and by a second marriage to Guillaume Bessonneau. The successive owners will be the Deux-Evailles, the Bessonneau and the Beauvau. The castle was undoubtedly ruined during the Hundred Years' War, to which the lord Pierre de Beauvau took part. La Béchère was not a fortress, but a fortified house on a peninsula.
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