Boschaud, House near the lake, Chateau of Bourdeille, St. Jean du cole, Chateau Marthonie
Nightmare 25 ( locations: St. Jean du cole Chateau Marthonie and the Chateau of Bourdeille)
Birthright 26 Les Ages
Nemesis 28 (2 locations: Les Ages (gallery 6) and the Lake house, The lake house is on another link)
The taking of castle tanner 31 (2 location: L' Eveque, the wood houses, Chateau Faucher click here)
Exit the dragon 36 (Les Ages (gallery 6) and Boschaud)
St. Crepin de Richemont surrounding
About the town
The four episodes above were made in a same town called "Les âgés" (the aged in English), in Dordogne, France. And the producers did a really good job to hide this to the viewers. If you watch the episodes separately, you'll find it hard to figure out. "Les âgés" town belongs to a township, a commune called "Saint-Crépin-de-Richemont", which is also a town (where the church used in "Exit the dragon" is). It is 2.4 km from Saint-Crépin-de-Richemont town by the road.
There's not much to say about this town, except that it's typical of the region. For example, there are houses with ballet stairs, like in the farm of "La Bertinie" in Bourdeilles (see at ep. 29 the pit and ep. 30 The rock). As you can see on the satellite view, the town is rather small, with a dozen of houses and barns. It hasn't changed a lot in 30 years though. So it's still easy to recognize the places used in the series.
C. Petit found this village and while he found that we both discovered the missing locations of season 2. It was a lot of work, but also fun.
C. Petit made wonderful drawings of the villages to make it clearer.
The characteristics were compared. The ancient village was really worth searching for. This is a ancient pearl and was in at least 4 episodes!
1 Birthright 26 (main part of this episode is filmed it this ancient town)
2 Trolls 27 (in the village and the unknown cave, see the cave pictures below of this page)
3 Nemesis 28 (this town again in the beginning when Yanek enters the village looking for Tell, the hunting shed near the lake, Boschaud where Tells meets Yanek)
4 Exit the dragon 36 (Boschaud and this village)
Episode 26 Birthright
William rescues an abandoned baby and brings him back to his mother in town. But the angry villagers threaten to kill him, because they think the mother is a witch. William will eventually convince the villagers to accept the baby and his mother, and to take care of them.
Tell and Matthew were hunting. Matthews idea to camouflage themselves. They find a baby that is left in the forest by superstitious villagers. When Tell enters the village with those stripes and they see the baby return. They think the Devil's comes to get his child. The turmoil begins.... In the meantime Matthew was looking for milk, found a cow, but got arrested by the farmers. He got stuck on a farm
Number 1 of the map
Right below: the south of the village, this wall the windows are still the same. in Crossbow it looked old and It still does! And amazing the wooden shutters are still the same. They are still there.
Above and below. The wood is still the same after 30 years! And It's in not hidden for the rain and wind. It's like time stood still.
Wooden shutters in same state as 30 years back. Amazing!
1987 All the picture you see below, It's in opposite of the ones above. It's 1 on the map. It's the left window. 2017
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Then walking to the square and house with the stairs
(number 2 and 3 on the map)
On the picture below, we can see a house with ballet stairs (3) typical of the region. They are covered with a little roof, and have a ramp made of stones. Here is a comparison between the two episodes below, with "Birthright" on the left, and "Nemesis" on the right. We can see the same barn on both pictures :
1987 episode 26 Birthright 1987 episode 28 Nemesis Intro
Walking to the square and house with the stairs We were looking for this village for a long time. We discovered the curved roof lines. See on the pictures below. Unusual for this area.
The long building (about 40 meters long) is also visible from this place. It has barns and some apartments on the second floor. It also seems to be slightly curved.
Interesting detail above: the house behind William has a curved roof, which is rather unusual in Dordogne. The barn also has a curved roof.
The square 2 op the map: Nemesis episode 28 arrival of Yanek and the episode Birthright 26. Next this square is part of of it 'Exit the dragon' (ep. 36) shot.
The Attached house with the balcony stairs
The right picture is from Birthright and Tell stands on the ballet stairs and looks to the square. More about this on the bottom of this site.
Below: The house with the stairs in the back.
Exit the Dragon Is in opposite of this square, you see the ballet stairs below and above
Below: the stairs Tell sits on from the other side, the square below is on the left corner of the photos above Number 2
Right picture is looking south west (between the left houses is the square: nr. 2 on the map). From the back of the photographer Tell enters the village with the baby and in Nemesis Yanek walks in on his horse and Matthew searches for his father in Birthright. ( photos Above)
The place the people discuss about the 'devil's' baby. It's in the shed with the huge door. Inside the building...It hasn't changed much!
1987 2017 2017
And the below the place Matthew sees his father back. Here they stand in front of the shed
2017 1987 1987
Below: The place that is hidden by straw roofs...The building almost collapse. once the rain comes in, the woodwork quickly deteriorates, the wall is almost bent through. I wish they had made a new roof on it sooner. During Crossbow this building must have been no eye catcher at all because It's always kept hidden, but I'm sure It was in a better state than nowadays. the rest of the buildings in this village are in still the same state. Some even better than 1986. They are restored, you can see It's done with much care to keep the ancient atmosphere.
Opposite of above
Left: passed through, place 4.
The opposite side, the house with the stairs is tidy and in good state. The wall with the diamond window. I always thought it was a door but It's a diamond shape in the wall. I think the place was in bad state either during crossbow because it was covered by strew roofs (middle photo above). But i can't believe It was so bad that somebody was risking his life getting in there for a shot. When the roof is leaking, the wood gets worse and support beams getting too bad. It's a waste. I hope one day someone will restore this building. Look at the characteristic shape of the window in front of the baby.
Behind Tell the blocks of the window frame.
This is the side of that damaged place...this is the side of the damaged building. Tell is walking to the square to the mother of the baby. Below right: the front is almost collapsing.
No brick in the wall during Crossbow. The roof of the building behind Tell is in a very bad state so the wood construction is damaged and almost collapse. Left of Tell you see the stones of the corner of this building and no brick yet. I hope this building can be saved. It's the building that stands with the damaged front to the square (map 2) and has the diamond window shot...you read more about it some rows further.
Place 2 - The main square
There are many fake sets here: a fake wooden wall and fake fountain in episode 26 "Birthright", replaced by a fake well in episode 28 "Nemesis", where the mercenary stops with his horse.
Number 2 on the map, the square Richt picture: Yanek mounted off (in Nemesis) middle same spot Birthright.
The well is fake and changed in both scenes. nowadays at almost the same place is a well again. The huge wooden door is changed in a different new one.
2017 Birthright 26 1987 Nemesis 28, Yanek mounted off
The square (2), same place. Roof is renovated and the door too! It looks very good!
The building on the left is an open barn (left above and left under) that can be seen in the episode 26 "Birthright" and a little bit in the episode 36 "Exit the dragon".
Birthright 26 Exit the Dragon 36
1987 Birthright 2017 The building on the right is out of sight, see another photo of it, 1 row below.
In front of the damaged building, kept out of sight.
An extra photo of the square. In Crossbow the open space is filled up
3 - The mother's house
I call it the mother's house, because it's where the mother of the abandoned baby lives in the episode 26 "Birthright". But it's also where the lady was imprisoned by the black knights in episode 36 "Exit the dragon". It has external staircases.
In opposite of the square is the building with the diamond window. To the right of this window the front of the building is in very bad state.
1987 2017 Birthright From the ruite window 1987 episode Nemesis with Yanek
Tell got followed by the villagers (the brick in the upper doorpost is restored).
The villagers getting dangerous
Matthew and the farmers has arrived
2017 1987 1987
Episode 28 Nemesis starts in Les Ages and later in the 'lakehouse'
This house is in one episode: 28 Nemesis.
1986 The front of the house 2017
The water side (in this bend next to the house) is full with bamboo, reed and bushes. It's a pity this makes the lake almost invisible when you are standing in front of the house. (photo below)
1987 folder shot This house lies in such a peaceful area, May 2017, the left die a bit overgrown
Looking to the east side. Below: Taken from the other side of the pond
'The goodbye scene' is also in front of this house.
Stefan returns only one more time in episode 42 'The Promised Land' and this is Matthew's last episode. He is going to marry Rosa.
It hasn't changed much, only a new roof a bit and that suits the house well.
There was probably a nameplate at the time ... maybe the same as now. During Crossbow covered with some hay. (If you take a very close look above the concrete door frame, you can see the nameplate).
The small rack, for the climbing plants, was already there on the same spot.
As if the house just comes out of the series! A flash back. It's a hidden on a nice and peaceful place in the forest. It's a hunting shed nowadays and It's new roof is beautiful..
below the roof was bended through but the restored It very well with nice old tiles. It's almost looks like Crossbow is recorded here yesterday.
Crossbow promotional folder shot 1987 2017
It's like nothing has changed at all
The eastern field
The group of trees behind Tell didn't change much over so many years.
The group of trees behind Tell didn't change much over so many years.
2017 The field around 1987
The chat between Matthew and Tell
Matthew recovers well. He was shot one episode before by the Trolls. The Crossbow trap was put there for enemies but accidentally hit Matthew.
On the map: The location of the following scene: The chat between Matthew and Tell while Rosa is passing them. (the middle and right photo you see above).
Sadie Frost as 'Rosa,' the girl Matthew fell in love with.
1987 Tell is sharpening the knives before he meets his enemy. The door left is where Tell is sharpening the knives and the last door he asks Rosa. Photo: 2017
At the lake, behind the house
1986 The lake....behind Tell you can see a part of the house. 2017
The house is surrounded by forest. Stefan tells William about the man he met this morning. Every day that Tell doesn't show up he will kill somebody. Tell is worried and asks Stefan to look after Matthew if he doesn't return.
1987 One of these three trees spared? Most of the big ones are just cut 2017
2017 The trees... you probably see them on the piles ;)
Some of the trees are still there but most of them are just cut...like you can see below... The 3 trees with a rope in between, where Tell is practicing his sword fighting for the suddenly returned Yanek, are cut.
The place of the swordfight and the chat between Tell and Stefan. A lot of trees have been cut down.
To the monastery
Matthew notices his father's worries and hears about his plans. Tell needs to meet Yanek in the old monastery. He decides to meet up with Yanek and tells Rosa about it. In the early morning Tell realizes Matthew is gone and Rosa may not tell him about it. Then Tell realizes he has no minute to loose...and goes after Matthew. Matthew wants to be ahead of his father. He wants to face Yanek and tell him to leave his father alone.
Matthew on his way to the old monastery to protect his father against Yanek.
He gallops along beautiful overhanging cliffs (right photo). I've seen this rocks in front of Bourdeilles and above Paussac et Vivien
You see a shot of the left picture, Chateau Bruzac 1986, but in fact it's shot in Boschaud (right picture 2017)
Via chateau Bruzac to Boschaud.
The bridge? Could be Faucher bridge or a nearby one.
The chateau in the distance.
1987 The Crossbow shot is a little bit more taken from the left down the river. 2015
This ruin is only filmed from the distance as far as we know. No scenes inside. There isn't really an interior anymore. Only the towers and walls. The shots of this ruine are taken from a left and low angle. The first lord of Bruzac, Hélie Flamenc, appears in 1040 in a deed of donation to the abbey of Uzerche that he makes with his wife, Attiburge, sister of the bishop of Limoges. His son, Guy, is mentioned as a donor to the monastery of Vigeois in 1112 and 11434. By an act passed in 1243, Gui VI, viscount of Limoges, recognizes that he holds the bishop of Angouleme half of the castle and the honor of Bruzac. In the following century, in 1244, following an inheritance, the Flamenc brothers share the site. It is probably from this date that two castles will rub shoulders in Bruzac. In 1258, a dispute opposes the Viscounts of Limoges and those of Rochechouart for the suzerainty of the co-seignory6.
Matthew misjudges the strength of his enemy. Later Tell arrives and has big trouble to survive.
Click here for Boschaud, the ruine Tell meets Yanek in episode Nemesis
Trolls episode 27 on the map number 4,6 and 7
North west side of the village
A special ancient town with so many 'faces'/ sides. It is small but very special to be there. It's a peaceful village...looks like the old part is abandoned but when you stay a little longer you hear and see people are really living here. Below is still a farm shed but other houses are renovated well in ancient style. Beautiful! Unfortunately one building is in an extremely bad state, It's danger to get in. I think It was during Crossbow not well too. During the filming that part is neglected and if It was quickly filmed It was hidden by straw roofing. If It was not in good state the 30 years made it worse...if the roof leaks then the wood became affected more. In this case the building can almost collapse. While in front of the building were important shoots...the whole environment is there to see despite the opposite building.. only some strew. But there is a picture next to the building, there is a huge door. The building seems stable than but nowadays unstable. look at the pictures........... Remarkable is the small diamond shaped window. Long ago I thought It was a window of wood in a door. When I walked through the village I recognized it coincidently. For me it was remarkable that somebody dares to enter this building, 30 years back, to look through the diamond shaped window and made a shot of it. Not something I had in mind for now...
Below: Main place of Trolls. Right below: the house Tell entered the village in 'Exit the dragon' and shot a soldier off the roof. Later he escaped this town from the same house as the 'Birthright' scene and galloped to this place on the photo northward. The path you see the photo is made from the Westside going northward and leaves the village. Turn around 180 grades and you walk to the birthright shot.. a little further the shot Yanek entered the village and stopped and mounted off at the square of the 'birthright episode' house. Even tell enters with the baby south of the village
Matthew is badly injured by a trap that the farmers have made to kill the "trolls". First the farmers refuse to help them because they have too much problems, like when the local bailiff on decides to take all what they've got.
The trolls, who are in fact religious cave dwellers, will eventually save Matthew and help the farmers to get rid of the filthy bailiff.
7 - The farm in "The trolls"
Exit the Dragon Trolls
When placing this photo I found out that both trees are as old as Crossbow exists. They doesn't look like trees of 30 years. I thought they were younger.
Right picture is shot during Trolls in the early morning that why It's so dark
The same angle. This spot hasn't changed! The right door is closed by a wooden door.. that's all. And the same trees grew... During Crossbow they were so small. (photo middle below. This shot was early that's why It's dark) Strange to walk into a place that hasn't changed in 30 years! As a kid I watched Trolls and It's great to visit this place. No trolls around but I had a eager to see how the rest of the villages was looking like.. I could hardly believe The village is almost the same. If I was walking into the Crossbow scene and walking back in time 500 years back.. I was wondering what else was there to see and It's worth visiting because time stands still, life seems to slow down here and I even doubt if there is internet nowadays...even in de modern houses...I think It's good there is not...
1987 1987 2017
Nowadays anno 2017
1986/1987 Trolls 2017 2017
1986/87 Trolls 2017
The bailiff takes all they had and there is another problem...the trolls. Under left Georgia Lyman and below perhaps Will's mother, not sure.
The Trolls and the people in the village realize they have only one enemy. They start to work together and they found a way to scare them off soon.
North northwest side of the village, number 6 on the map
The electricity pole is new in front of the shed.
1987 riding out the village 2017 Seen from the village
To photos compare different episodes:
Leaving the village in the end of Trolls and entering the village in Exit the dragon on the same spot
Episode 28 (S2 EP 4) Nemesis
Yanek, a dangerous mercenary, arrives in town to find and kill William. He thinks that William betrayed the mercenaries by leaving them some years before, just after they looted a monastery.
Mix of Boschaud and St. Crepin the Richemont environment Dordogne. Beware Yanek entered the village.
See the electricity pole and you can see the electricity cables.
I was wondering if this is the same woman and this interior place is not in the hunting shed near the lake but in les Ages.
Yanek rides to the square number 2
Almost the same place but different camerangle, both sides of the alley typical curved roofs.
Birthright and Nemesis
South west side of the ancient part of the village
West side of the village
There is built a fake wall between these buildings.
1987 the fake Crossbow well 2017
It's most likely Yanek enters the wooden door behind the legs of the horse (left above)
The diamond window and unfortunatly the bad part of the town. Episode Nemesis, Yanek entered the square. This is opposite of the place Tell hold the baby (birthright),
Beginning and perhaps the interior of the house next to the lake
Perhaps this town could be the interior nemesis. because this is the woman who shut the windows when Yanek rides in in the village Les Ages. She is again in the house of the lake a few km- ers further, but this interior doesn't look like the lake house (for instance the shot that there must be a building in opposite of the lake house and that's not). The lake house interior shots must have been shot in the villages Les Ages too.
The house in les Ages Tell, the mother and the baby hide
the Shed in les Ages
This is the shed from the outside (below)
The Curved roofs
The beautiful ancient village with the curved roofs we were focused on. You don't see that often.
on the map
- The farm where Matthew gets caught
Matthew tries to find some milk for the abandoned baby (episode 26 "Birthright"), but he is caught by the farmers who make him their slave. This farm was used only once in the four episodes at "Les âgés".
Matthew needed some milk for the baby he found in the forest and took away the milk from the farmers. While looking at the village I realized this could be the back of the farm of the west side. I'm almost convinced but couldn't check it because I found out later. It's not a path you easily come.. there was route but It seemed to lead nowhere so i didn't walk the path. Seems a private backyard of a farm.
5 Exit the dragon
Episode 36 (S2 EP 12)
Exit the dragon
The town is destroyed by something so powerful that people think it is a dragon. But William, who doesn't believe in dragons, will discover that they are attacked from Boschaud by Gessler and his new toy : a canon...
4 - The destroyed place
The destroyed place was not really destroyed, but it was where Gessler bombarded the town in the episode 36 "Exit the dragon". It is between the main place (2), the mother's house (3), the destroyed alley (5) and the farm of episode 27 "The trolls" (7).
5 - The
The destroyed alley was a little bit messy, with tons of debris on the ground. At least it was, for the need of the series of course. Nowadays, this part is rebuilt and not very recognizable.
Exit The Dragon
She saw the dragon and witness the destruction.. she has one mission for Stefan and Tell....Kill the dragon.
Below to the right: is the wall below in the middle of the village. There is a lot of ancient stones that perhaps laid there already while shooting Crossbow and later built up again or got removed. Anyway...there is a concrete floor now and tiny little walls of stones when you enter de garden. Perhaps the stones that laying around in Crossbow. This place has changed a bit nowadays. The place I'm talking about is exact on the spot of the photos above where Stefan is taking care of the frightened child. That picture made me realize he stands on that place and later a row of pictures below this ones, This must be the in between spot.. but changed a little
Black powder destruction. Never seen so much damages. Tells has seen this before when he received the gift from Lotus (episode Lotus 21). He didn't accept because of the destruction, his fear is that Gessler it now.
bit. During the visit of the town I start to realize the beginning of Exit the dragon took place here. Some photos are convincible, but the alley with the yellow text on it (right under) changed a bit. Now there are some open gardens and little paths to different houses. Right below: right pillar is the pillar you see from a different angle on the left under photo. Middle under: the pillar behind Tell is collapsed.
Below this is the place, there is not a concrete floor and a little square that gives entrance to some houses
The pillars (visible on the middle photo) are from the building of the right photo. There are two supporting pillars but they filled the part in between with stones too and it is overgrown now.
Right above: the alley with the wall
Left above: Trolls and right above: Exit the Dragon
The other location they filmed is chateau Boschaud (below, click here) and environment of St. Crepin the Richemont
Below the door on the left, place 7. Lucio come to the village.
The end of the episode
The church St. Crepin the Richemont in episode 36 'Exit the Dragon'
The pillar and the window
In episode 36 'Exit the dragon' is also the 'castle without walls' like Gessler called it. The ruins of Boschaud! Click here
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The renovation of the church started, parts changed....the ceiling and the blue color is different and the spots of light are new.
Also near St. Crepin the Richemont,
Click here to the link of the house near the lake
The unknown locations nearby this location
If you like to help us try for instance Google maps or Google earth by finding the missing ones and tell us about!
The cave of Trolls un known location. It looks like a cave north of Paussac et Vivien, but doesn't seemed to match perfectly but has characteristics. Maybe the 30 years things changed of disappeared
Below: I visited many caves in the area. I like to hike and looking for a special Crossbow connection points makes It more fun. All caves were beautiful and their environments too. Beautiful flowers. But one, whitin 2 miles north of Paussac et Vivien next to the road a little up there was one with the special black and
white triangles. But the entrance didn't correspond, the entrance left is another one than the cave right.. but this entrance looked pretty well.... It could be but It could be not.