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Deschamps Tower

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Deschamps Tower, locally known by its full name Donjon de la Seigneurie Deschamps, lies east of the town of Braine-le-Château (Kasteelbrakel in Dutch), in the province of Walloon Brabant in the Wallonia region in Belgium.

The Deschamps Tower, a small square tower with a stair tower at its north west corner, was founded somewhere between the 13th and 15th century. Its ground floor level, with 1.35 m thick walls, is built out of quartzite with blocks of white limestone at the corners. The seigniory of Deschamps was always dependant on the seigniory of Braine.

Its only recorded historical owner is Warnier, Lord of Carnières, in 1502. During the 16th century the upper floors of the tower were rebuilt in brick.

In 1848 the tower was restored. During the 20th century it was abandoned and slowly deteriorated. In the 1990’s the tower was restored again and made fit for habitation.

At present Deschamps Tower is part of a working farm and privately inhabited. It can therefore not be visited. Too bad, I am curious about its interior.

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