|The following brief note is taken from the Montgomeryshire Express of the 27th December 1927.
"The borough recently celebrated the 700th anniversary
of its Royal Charter and an interesting incident attended the
celebrations. A message was received from the Mayor of St Germain
de Montgommery, in Normandy, the birthplace of Roger de Montgomery
who built the castle and gave his name to the district. The French
Mayor wrote that, while Normandy no longer sent conquerors to
England, he himself, as a manufacturer of Camembert cheeses,
continued the conquest by exporting cheeses across the channel.
He offered to send the council a case of his Camembert which
he had called "Royal Montgomery". The letter was received
with applause and the Mayor was asked to send a message reciprocating
the greeting and accepting the offer of the Royal Montgomery
Camembert cheeses. As there has been no report of an inquest,
one may assume that the Mayor and Corporation have survived the
If the Normans ever read this last comment, it is to be hoped they had a good sense of humour.
Roger de Montgommery's stronghold in Normandy
Photograph by kind permission of H.N. Oliver
|In 1994, the present writer made a visit to Ste. Foy and St Germain de Montgommery in order to take photographs of the motte there [it has never been excavated], as there seem to be none available, save one aerial shot of the motte in a local Norman publication. (see above) There are copies of this now deposited at Montgomery Council Office, Newtown Branch of Powys County Library and I have my own copy. They are, of course in the French language.
|Photograph by kind permission of H.N. Oliver
|The above photograph is a view of the surrounding countryside from Roger de Montgommery's motte and bailey castle in the parish of St. Germain de Montgommery, Normandy. This is not unlike the landscape of Montgomeryshire in Wales, though a little less hilly, and supports a thriving agricultural industry. The photograph was taken in 1994.
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