The History fo the Castel

The History fo the Castel

In 1963, the owners Mr. and Mrs. Thurnauer bequeathed the Château to Youth in the Outdoors: National Federation of Secular Holiday Organizations for Children and Teenagers. It then becomes a social children’s home. It took the name of Manoir Georges Lapierre in 1995 in homage to its creator who was arrested by the Gestapo in March 1943 and died in Dachau in February 1945.

A ceremony was given at the manor in memory of Georges Lapierre, in the presence of Gérard Thurnaueur, son of the donors of the property of the Manor to the JPA. He said that day

that the name of Georges Lapierre be given to the Manor constitutes a magnificent revenge against the Nazis for its owner. Mr. Thurnaueur was mayor of Bordeaux-Saint-Clair until 1940, when he was driven out by the Germans; he joined the Resistance…

JPA N°352 – Mars-Avril 1995


The donation of the manor was made to the JPA after a promise made by Mr and Mrs Thurnaueur. Madame Thurnaueur was a Jew; after a raid in 1942 they fled to Chambéry. They made a vow to donate the mansion to an association if they made it out alive.

Meeting with Mr. Gilbert and Mrs. Huguette Fusil (1963-1987) responsible for the management of the establishment for 24 years.


A children’s home

This establishment welcomes children and teenagers in difficulty of family and social adaptation, entrusted by the Childhood Social Assistance (ASE). At the beginning numbering 24 then 36, the children were aged from 4 to 21 years old.

The children all lived in the castle as for Gilbert and Huguette their home was the pavilion. In the past, meals were taken in what is now the living room of the farmhouse. The classroom was located in the living room of the castle, next to a beautiful grand piano. As for the small salon of the chateau, there was the management office.

At the time, the children worked in the garden next to the bread oven and they went to get milk from the farm next door. Mr Fusil, the director, taught children who had great difficulty and who could not integrate into the village school. For the other students, they went to school every day and were very integrated into the village.

The children of the manor will be children of Bordeaux-Saint-Clair

said the Mayor of Bordeaux-Saint-Clair

The city of Bordeaux-Saint-Clair has Roman character from the remains of the old Roman road Lillebonne-Etretat. Indeed the city was crossed by the ancient road leading to the Roman aqueduct which passed through the valley (the Petit Val) to supply Etretat.

The children of the Château de Saint Clair spent their day looking for the ruins of this Roman road, which passed through the estate. Unfortunately they never managed to find any remains. Letting suppose that the stones of this way would have been used for the very construction of the castle….