The Town Hall and belfry in Boulogne sur Mer on a postcard dating, I think, from the 1950s. Maybe someone who knows more about cars than I do can make a more accurate guess.
The Calais Town Hall with its belfry, along with the Burghers of Calais and the lighthouse. Another unused card which this time probably dates from the late 1960s.
This time I know the date precisely because I sent it to myself last month. It shows eight of the belfries in the Nord Pas de Calais region of France.
In northern France and Belgium there are many similar belfries, symbols of the power of the alderman rather than the church through bell-towers or the lords of the manor through castle keeps. They were symbols of the wealth of a town but often they were watch towers too. Some of the architecture was really quite unusual.
56 of these towers are listed as a group by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. The Belgian belfries were listed in 1999 with the French ones added in 2005.
The fact that there are clocks on the towers allows me to tie in fairly loosely with this week's Sepia Saturday theme.
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