Le Château de la Motte

Putting in a veg patch and excavating the Orangerie.

Putting in a veg patch and excavating the Orangerie.

Putting in a veg patch and excavating the Orangerie.

We had fun putting in a new veg patch with the help of visiting friends, all along the rear south-facing wall. It was a lot of work to prepare the soil – many barrows full of rocks had to be removed! We unearthed various artefacts, lots of bits of old pottery and a few unusual pieces of glass – even a German “Haarwasser” or “Hair water” bottle that likely dates back to the Second World War…

The most exciting find was a section of tiles from the old Orangerie. Our neighbour tells us that there was an Orangerie here from the 1500s, and it was apparently the largest in Europe for the time! Orangeries were early greenhouses, they would often contain sculptural features and fountains, being a place to entertain guests as well as to grow exotic fruits and spices. Fascinating stuff from our very own Time Team!

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