|The Belvedere - note also the fruit trees grown up the west facing wall|
I wrote an initial post on Papelotte over a year ago and commented on how difficult it is to get good evidence of what the farm looked like in 1815, or indeed to determine the actual course of events at this important flanking outpost, which could have served much the same function on Wellington's left flank as Hougoumont did on the right. I say 'could have' because the fighting at Papelotte never developed the same intensity as it did at Hougoumont. This may explain the lack of good sources, or it may be the fact that it was German not British troops that fought there. I've now been able to find out a little more and to complete my version of the farmhouse.
The farm track leads towards the main entrance. This track existed in 1815. The fruit trees grown against the wall no longer exist and the white-washed front is now back to its weather beaten brick
|Here the lane bends round to the west|
|The fruit trees have an ethereal, slightly unworldly quality to them|
This representation of the farm looks very different from any other that I've seen.
I've also found a photograph which looks much like the post-1860 structure, but without the belvedere or the fruit trees. In this photograph you can see the same haystack. This has aroused my suspicions: could this photograph have been doctored to show the farm as it might have looked or should we take it at face value?
Perhaps it is impossible to know the true answers to these questions. So I've gone ahead and produced my Papelotte Farm as shown in the pictures below. It is still not complete: the paintwork is still quite basic, the walled area to the north of the farm needs to be built, there are no trees, hedges or other vegetation beyond the basic grass and the farmyard and lanes are a brown baseline rather than the finished product. And of course there are only a few Nassauers and no French. More to follow!
|West side with damaged roof|
|Farmyard with farmhouse in corner. No well yet.|
|The Great Barn|
|The lane is made of coffee granules|
|The view southwards|
|This shows a nice view down to the annex and again indicates whitewash across much of the building.|
|Farmhouse looking north|
|Farmhouse windows with Nassau defenders|
|The annex looking north|