Moneuse route: the fall of a bandit, the birth of a legend - Quévy
The traditional Tuesday afternoon market brings together all these wonderful people. On site, baskets are filled with local products from nearby farms: dairy products, vegetables, braids of garlic but also poultry and farmyard animals! Goegnies-Chaussée is a great place to live. The hilly landscapes lend themselves to walks and one need simple stray a few metres from the ‘chaussée Brunhilda’ road to reach country tracks. Without really noticing, you’ll go from one side of the border to the other and chance upon some surprising treasures, such as the castle of Gontreuil. Located on French soil, be aware that it hasn’t always been so!
This magnificent castle was rebuilt in the 19th and 20th century on the foundations of the old fortress. Located on Gognies territory on the French side, it has long been attached to the parish of Grand-Quévy and people tend to enjoy themselves here. It too seems to have chopped and changed its borders for centuries. Transferred to France in 1779 by Marie-Thérèse of Austria, it was the fief of the Gontreuil family. Its history has not always been a bed of roses. The Prince of Orange (future King of the Netherlands) took up residence there during the blockade and siege of Maubeuge in 1793. Without the Hendecourt family’s passion, it probably wouldn’t be in such beautiful condition today. With its brick, limestone and bluestone lintels, the architecture is decidedly local. Ode to the region - every square inch!