Cold ~ Chateau Noisy by Josephine Pugh


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The ravishing, abandoned Chateau Noisy, Belgium. My first overseas urbex…

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Featured in ‘Imaginative Skulls’, August 2011.

Featured in ‘The Woman Photographer’, August 2011.

Some loose research has revealed the following: The official name of the castle is Chateau Miranda, it was only later named Chateau Noisy. The architecture is in the Neo-Gothic style and was established in 1866 by an English architect named Milner, commissioned by the Liedekerke-Beaufort family. Unfortunately Milner died before seeing it completed.

The castle served in the beginning as a summer residence of the Liedekerke-Beaufort family who otherwise lived in the Chateau de Veves which stands opposite on an adjacent hill, both castles surrounded by lush forests and rivers. In the Second World War, Chateau Noisy was taken and used by the Nazis. Following this the Chateau then served as accommodation for children of Belgian rail employees (National Railway Company of Belgium; NMBS) as a holiday hostel and orphanage until 1980. Little is known of its fate from 1980-1991.

Now, however, since 1991 it has lain abandoned in an ever-diminishing state due to a fire in that year. It is reported that although the local municipality has offered to take it over, the family has refused. What is certain is that the enormous building languishes in the surrounding forest, completely concealed from the road and the outside world. It truly is a site full of beauty and mystery.

(Note: the site is heavily and actively guarded by security patrols and an armed forester, both of whom we saw but thankfully didn’t see us, and is atop a very steep hill making access very difficult!)

A photograph is a trace of its subject. The viewer and the image belong to each other. Capturing these traces is a passion, an obsession for me. I hope the thrill comes through in my images.

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  • Richard Pitman
    Richard Pitmanover 3 years ago

    I love the shape made by the staircase framed by the doorway. (Easier to see large.)

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 3 years ago

  • A true honour Ushna. Thank you for your support.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • korinneleigh
    korinneleighover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful. I like the different shapes standing out from the light.

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

    love the tones!

  • robarmstrong
    robarmstrongover 3 years ago

    Yet again……. Awesome!

  • Glen Allen
    Glen Allenover 3 years ago

    Cool, like this a lot.

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 3 years ago

    Love the tones and shapes here….wonderful image :)

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

  • Vampvamp! Thank you kindly! I’m delighted.

    – Josephine Pugh

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 3 years ago

    Fab image and work…congrats

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...over 3 years ago

    WOW incredible image!!! Congrats on your well deserved features!! :))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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