However (and obviously) the town lived through the aesthetics of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries too, and some of their favourite styles can be found in adaptations to older buildings. Here, in the dappled light of a hazel nut tree, is a typical piece of 19th century polychromy. Tuffeau blocks interchanged with five red-brick courses, all embedded in a much older rendered rubble wall of a rear extension building.
Often the results of this stylistic mélange seem very pretty.....
It may be a motif that is more eighteenth century than nineteenth, as one can see the idea illustrated at the fantasy farm created for Marie-Antoinette at Versailles in the 1780s.