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Image of little house hasn't displayedThe Little House at Orthez website was originally set up to serve a gite (holiday property) which belonged to Helen Fawcett. Orthez is situated in Béarn, of which it was once the capital. This is a rural part of Gascony in France as yet not suffering from major international tourism. The market town of Orthez, with its fascinating history, lies on the Gave de Pau ("gave" is a Béarnaise word meaning "river"). The speaking of the Béarnaise language is now largely confined to the older generations, but the main street names remain dual signed.

Helen no longer owns the gite. But rather than delete the website it has been retained for other purposes, including that of publication of an account in English of the Battle of Orthez - this was the last battle of the Peninsular War resulting in Wellington's defeat of Napoleon's forces and the abdication of the latter.

Nowadays the main purpose of this website is the publication of items written by Garry Fawcett. The first such category is Local History, dealing particularly with North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire in England. Other subjects may be added in due course.