Forgotten Landmark-Church of St. Aubin de Neuville, Dieppe, France

Church of St. Aubin de Neuville (14-16 Rue du Général de Gaulle, Neuville des Dieppe)

Dependent priory of Longueville sur Scie during the Middle Ages and up to the Revolution, the town of Neuville remained independent until the early 1980s, when it was attached to Dieppe. The first church located here was looted and burned in 1562 by Protestants. Only the chorus, probably rebuilt in the early 16th century (as evidenced by its sculpted pinnacles flamboyant decor foothills) escaped the flames. The reconstruction of the building proved slow and laborious and was not completed until about 1616, when it received its dedication. Rebuilt on a simple plan, the church has a nave flanked by aisles and a non-protruding transept opening to the choir. The bell tower, covered with a slate roof characteristic of the sixteenth century, supported by massive buttresses and drilled into the bottom of arched windows overlooking the western gate, is adorned with a statue of Bishop St. Aubin. Unlike the tower, built in stone as was the choir, the nave walls were built with local materials; flint blocks and blocks of sandstone alternating.

It is the inside which contains the most notable features of this building. The choir presents a rare rustic decoration of the eighteenth century, covering the shrine at a height of 5 meters high (pilasters, carved panels between which are inserted four paintings representing the four evangelists. Topping the central axis is a sculpted set representing a glory (sky filled with clouds and angels from which emerge the symbol of God).

The nave is covered by a barrel-shaped wooden hull vessel overturned and coated with plaster, while the ends of the beams of the frame are decorated with carved decorations; amazing twenty heads more or less grimacing, and five crests and heads resembling those of crocodiles.[i]


[i] Architectural Heritage-The Church of St. Aubin de Neuville;;


Forgotten Landmark–Former Hotel de Ville and Museum,Dieppe, Normandy, France

Hotel de Ville and Museum4



Former Hotel de Ville and Museum (5-6 Boulevard de Verdun)

This structure housed paintings, local curiosities, and a collection of furniture, autographs, and sketches presented in 1889 by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921), the composer.


This post is the first in a series as we develop a new set of historic travel guides to northwestern France, based on earlier guides such as Muirhead’s North-Western France (1926) and Murray’s A Handbook for Travellers in France (1899)