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Noisy-le-Roi, France


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 Short History of Noisy-le-Roi

Noisy-le-Roi owes its name to the walnut trees (noyers....Noisy) that its land produced
and to the King (le Roi).

Noisy-le-Roi was probably not founded until the Gallo-Roman period and was originally under the domination of the neighboring community Bailly. Then it was established as a parish of the Chartres diocese, under the patronage of the first bishop of that city, Saint Lubin.

But it was only in the middle of the 12th century that Noisy (then Nusicum) with 44 parishioners was first mentioned in writing.

In the 14th century, Noisy endured the devastation of the 100 Year War; on its territory was a fort no doubt linked like those in the neighboring communities of Saint-Nom and Bailly to the chateau of Montjoie which was taken and burned twice by the English.

Around 1570, Albert de Gondi, Duke of Retz and Count of Oyan, abandoned his castle in Bailly to build a "country home" in Noisy. This home was better suited to the importance that his position as favorite of the Queen-Mother Catherine de Medicis and of the king - a castle described by a contemporary as the "principal ornament of the area" where he received on several occasions Catherine de Medicis and her children, the kings of France Charles IX and Henri III.

In 1675, Louis XIV acquired Noisy and Bailly.

For three years, the castle saw immense activity with the temporary installation of the boarders from Madame de Maintenon's school before it left in 1689.

Louis XIV tried to give the chateau away in 1708, but was turned down because of the expenses which its restoration necessitated. Louis XV successfully gave it away to a Mr. Leroy who demolished it and with the materials recovered built the little chateau which still exists.

In 1789, Noisy belonged to the township of Marly and was administered by a mayor, two municipal employees, an administrator and 6 prominent people, all elected by the citizens.

During the 19th century, Noisy, far away from the vast industrial expansion movement, kept its essentially rural character.

During the 1870-71 war, Noisy was occupied for a while by a Bavarian detachment. After that war, the fortified belt around Paris was reorganized. Several military works were built in the forest of Marly. At the same time and for the same reasons, the railway line around Paris was built. That line was opened to rail traffic in 1882 and passenger traffic
continued until 1936. Between the two world wars, numerous nurseries opened in Noisy; Noisy almost became Noisy, Flower City.

During the 1939-1945 war, people from Noisy entered into the Resistance. Thus, young Andre Le Bourblanc was assassinated by the Gestapo in 1944. The main street of Noisy is now named after him.

In 1961, the community began a transformation with the creation of the large apartment building complexes, La Gaillarderie and l'Oree de Marly. Population went from 950 in 1959 to 5,587 in the March 1975 census. Stable in the 1982 census, the population grew thereafter, namely with the creation of the Quartier du Parc in 1985. The 1990 census counts 8,124 inhabitants.

Located on the south edge of the Marly-le-Roi forest, Noisy-le-Roi naturally faces the Versailles plain. Its territory is part of what is called the "big hunting grounds of Versailles".

Surface area: around 2 square miles

Distance from Paris-Notre Dame: 15 miles
Distance from Versailles: 4.5 miles

Altitude: 432 feet above sea level

Climate: Average daily maxium temperature for the Paris area in June is 73F (23C) and the minimum is 55F (13C).

What to Pack: Pack light. Baggage carts are scarce at airports, cars are small, and each person will be responsible for his/her own luggage.

It can rain a fair amount in Paris, even in the summer, so an umbrella or light raincoat are in order. Jeans are very popular amongst the young people.
Bring one dressy outfit.. just in case.

Wear sturdy walking shoes. Fanny packs or bags with long straps that you can sling across your body with a zippered compartment for money and passport (French law requires that you carry identification at all times) are best for purses.

You'll need an adapter for hair dryers and other small appliances. The electrical current in France is 220 volts and 50 cycles.

You may wish to take your own wash cloth and hand towel.

The unit of currency in France is the franc which is divided into 100 centimes. Today's (4.7.1997) exchange rate is 5.42 francs to the dollar.

A small amount of spending money will be necessary.

It is best to take cash or traveler's checks and change on arrival at the airport. Limited banking is available in Noisy-le-Roi and surrounding area (because many transactions are done by ATM these days - much more so than in the United States).

All U.S. citizens need a passport to enter France. Albion Travel takes passport pictures and has the necessary forms. Cost is $65.

Check your own policies to determine health care, baggage and cancellation coverage. Students traveling through CIEE must obtain student ID which provides insurance. Cost : $19.

The American Hospital in Paris accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield.


Protected by the Forest of Marly and the Versailles Plain

Let's care for them together

Let's build our community in a harmonious fashion


I am happy to present you with this brochure which tells you about Noisy-le-Roi, tells you
how and in what spirit we created and developed the city in which you have chosen to
live or in which you have always lived.

Most of you have already lived through several phases of its development which, despite some constraints inherent to all projects, have improved the comfort and the quality of life that you appreciate.

The return of the train to our community is going to bring other changes; it is with concern for aesthetics and well-being which has always guided us that we intend to deal with them.

Yes, the reactivation of the train line is an opportunity and we must seize it.

Yes, public transportation to Paris-Saint-Lazare, then later, to Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Massy and Cergy-Pontoise is a chance for "Noiseens" and residents of neighboring communities. When it is up and running, we will be able to set up a shuttle service which would serve all neighborhoods and replace the numerous busses which travel our streets.

Yes, it is suitable to create economic and commercial activity, creating resources and jobs for the community and its inhabitants, near the railroad station in the neighborhood called "Les Garennes".

Yes, the new Jean de La Quintinie middle school is an opportunity to seize for better instructional conditions for our children. And, in a neighborhood which would be named after him, shouldn't we build housing for young couples who wish to stay near their parents.

Yes, improvements to Route 307 are opportunities to ameliorate traffic and to set up a main entrance worthy of Noisy-le-Roi, "Porte de la Foret" (Forest Gate), to create new access at the edge of Bailly, which would become the "Porte des Princes" (Princes' Gate) and to reestablish the western entrance in total safety.
Yes, our location between plain and forest is an opportunity to make sure that Noisy remains a green city.

All of these projects are an opportunity for a more lively, prosperous, responsive city faithful to its natural site.

Robert Brame (Mayor)


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