Our French home hid an old love story

Stephanie Dyson Heidrich and her husband Mike’s home has a fascinating history

An interest in family history led this couple to some incredible discoveries about their new home in a small French village, as Brian McCulloch discovers

A couple's two years of research into their home in a small French village has brought to life not only the history of the building, but
also some of the people who lived in it.

Stephanie Dyson Heidrich has an academic background as a scientist, specialising in chemical engineering, but has always had a keen interest in history.

She and her husband Mike Dyson bought their home in Le Chiron, between Aubusson and Guéret in the Creuse, in 2004, using it for long weekends and holidays before moving permanently from Cambridgeshire in 2016.

Stephanie and Mike Dyson Heidrich

She had started researching the family trees of both her family in Sweden and Mike’s in England, a quest that took her all over northern Europe.

“We read an article in The Connexion about researching your property’s history and I thought immediately that it was such an interesting thing to do,” said Stephanie.

Their house, built like all the others in the village of granite stone and oak beams, was old but no one knew how old.

It stands a little way from the rest of the village and is built on a slope. The part at the bottom of the slope has four storeys and within the structure was a ...

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