- See also the Romanesque architecture erected by the Normans at Norman architecture.
The architecture of Normandy
spans a thousand years.
Vernacular domestic styles
and in pays d'Auge
),Jean-Louis Boithias et Corinne Mondin La maison rurale en Basse-Normandie
, éditions Créer, 63 340 Nonette. p. 15. the vernacular domestic architecture
is typically half-timbered
The half-timbered farmhouses scattered across the countryside are inherited of an older tradition that finds its root in the Celtic farms, whose remains were excavated by the archeologists. A particular style of farm enclosure clos masure
has developed in the Pays de Caux
as a result of the harsher landscape of that area and a local tradition, that has been influenced by the English and Danish design.
Brick and flintstone are later used to build or to rebuild a part of the cottages and official monuments (town halls, etc.). Villages of the pays de Caux and pays de Bray
were entirely rebuilt this way.
The other parts of Basse-Normandie
, especially the Cotentin Peninsula
, tends to use granite, the predominant local building material. The Channel Islands
also share this influence - Chausey
was for many years a source of quarried granite, including for the construction of Mont Saint Michel. The Caen
plain and the Bessin
use the traditional limestone, called Caen stone
Urban vernacular style...