LE MANOIR PRIEURAL
* A long building, now occupied by the dining room and kitchen for the School of Landscape and Horticulture. It was partially rebuilt in the early 1970s. It once housed barns and stables as part of the monks' farming operations.
It is extended by a vaulted passage crossing the building allowing passage to the fields.
* Another small porch gives access to the tower. It is decorated with the coat of arms of Fécamp Abbey. (Three bolsters framed with garland surmounted by a miter and a stick). Known as the "Prior's Tower", it dates from the 15th century. A central staircase distributes the buildings adjoining it.
* On the ground floor, a vaulted room from the 15th century called "Refectory of the monks".
Over the centuries, it had other attributions (cellar, kitchen, etc.) for the pupils' refectory until the 1970s.
* Upstairs is a large room commonly known as the "Justice Room". Near the Renaissance fireplace engraved is a representation of boats.
* The small room on the top floor is called "Prior's room". It is reached by a cantilevered staircase (exterior turret).
* On the far right of the main building, the remains of the "Passage du cloître" probably built in the 12th century. Formerly longer, it allowed the direct access of the monks to the church and it was surmounted by the dormitory.
It is a main and elegant building from the 13th century, it measures almost 13 meters high. It was probably built at the same time as the surrounding wall.
* The entrance is vaulted with a cross of warheads falling at the four angles on fine columns. On the interior wall, the coat of arms of the Saint Gabriel priory carried by an angel.
* A small room above, enlighten by two semicircular windows. It has two levels.
The building is supported by flat buttresses. The roof is supported by a cornice carved with small broken arches.The gatehouse was originally framed by two buildings. The one on the right was accessed by the small door next to the porch.
It had to correspond to the porter's accommodation as required by the rule of Saint Benedict. In 1769 it was the one of the chaplain.
This donjon was erected between the XIV and XV century. It served as both a watchtower and a prison. These two functions may seem paradoxical for a priory.
* During its construction, we are in the midst of the Hundred Years War The English invasions devastate Normandy, the Duke orders to defend the region. This tower becomes an advanced element of the defense of the castle of Creully.
The Prior of Saint Gabriel had the right of "high and low justice" over his land. He could pronounce death sentences. (There was a "gallows" field in the village).
Originally, the donjon was higher and had three floors. It would have been around 25 meters!
The top floor and the roof have now disappeared. At their base, the walls are three feet thick.
The interior is divided into several levels:
* The ground floor served as a dungeon. A hole in the vault was used to lower the prisoners. There were no other openings.
* The first and second floors served as a lookout room. Access to the first floor was by a ladder which was removed when the enemies arrived. Three narrow openings allowed to shoot arrows while being protected.
The openings on the second floor are wider and higher. All are arranged in such a way as to allow monitoring of all accesses leading to the priory.
* In this tower, soldiers from the regiments of Aquitaine and Saintonge kept watch during the maneuvers of the Vaussieux camp.