Féron Église Saint-Martin

What you need to know about this church

Église Saint-Martin Féron

Where to find this church

Church Information

Église Saint-Martin is located in Féron, a small village with 564 inhabitants in the Département du Nord, about 4 km north of the town of Fourmies.

It was fortified in 1614.

The church is locked

This church was listed as a historical monument in 1948

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Tower from the north

Visiting Église Saint-Martin

Saint-Martin in Féron is one of the few Wehkirchen in the Avesnois region, and as a village in Hainaut, the parish has always been thrown to another side of the border that runs here.

Unfortunately, there is not much information that can be gathered about this very beautiful church in this pretty village. Therefore, the following is based exclusively on the book by Grandpierre and Leconte.

When the massive square keep of Saint-Martin was built, it was crenellated like a medieval castle. Its embrasures are still preserved today and recall a fortification at the beginning of the 16th century, as shown by the date 1614 engraved on the top of the tower by means of iron anchors.

At that time, the bell tower of the old church was probably raised, which is why the first two floors are made of Hainaut bluestone, also called small granite, and the third of brick.

On the north façade of the building, the high defence tower houses a spiral staircase with fifty steps leading to the four levels of the keep, where escape rooms were located.

The church was burnt down in 1636 during one of the numerous Spanish raids that took place in the border area that year, and was attacked again in 1657. Since then, the church has probably undergone further alterations, including the brick head end, which appears to be more recent.

Unfortunately, it was locked when we visited, and information about an opportunity to obtain a key is also unavailable. Thus, the interior of the church remains a mystery to us for the time being.

Tower from the south