Oh Well !

well campagneHere is the official well, situated  behind the Templar church of Saint Sébastien. A very knowledgeable local who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the oral history of Campagne-sur-Aude has been digging out and restoring this well- check out page 12 of the Bulletin Municipale.

Yes it’s a little out of date, this is our village..



Interestingly, the partial and chaotic house deeds we hold ( cobbled together very recently we think) make mention of another well on our property, vague rumours of which had reached our ears.cave door The filled in remains were found under this slab-right-the cave before-
No we did not find the necessary enormous funds to excavate, repair, restore it and put a decorative glass viewing panel over. Maybe one day, but right now heating , plumbing and everything else comes first.


temp-church-campagne1In the interests of research, I went trawling about looking for photos of the village on the net.

I found this one-left-


Dude, that’s our (French) car!!!


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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14 Responses to Oh Well !

  1. There was a well in the 1600s and probably earlier in the courtyard of our place in Carcassonne. Now there is a “cave” there, but it’s completely unusable. I’d like to fill it in and forget about it.
    A number of houses near the river in our village have springs in their basements. Quite amazing.

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  2. Reblogged this on husifrankrike and commented:
    Isn’t it amazing what you can find when restoring an old french house…

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  3. poshbirdy says:

    Exciting though, to have something so elemental on your property. Covered or not

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  4. poshbirdy says:

    Exciting, though, to have something so elemental within your cave


  5. bizzyella says:

    I fix up everything but even I covered up one of the wells on my property. It was properly stone lined, but still. Honestly, a well in the basement kind of creeps me out. Maybe I’ve seen too many murder mysteries of the “if you see a gun in the first act…” variety but I would leave that cement cover right where it is.

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    • Your well sounds just like ours, I guess the cave is the nearest thing we have to a basement.
      You will be relieved to know that the cement slab was taken up in the interests of levelling out the very wonky floor . We will soon do a light skim, then over that goes insulation, electric underfloor heating and travertine tiles.
      Believe me, NO-ONE is taking up that floor, not after all the grief , angst, hard work & hassle we have been through.

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  6. Osyth says:

    It is such a pretty village and really fascinating. It’s great that there is a historian taking the time to excavate, examine and record the history for posterity. The well should probably remain covered. After all, who knows what might lie down there 😉

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  7. Nadia says:

    Maybe the local authorities could help fund your well restoration project. One can always dream:)


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