Boulevard Sebastopol

Arrondissement 3

Numbers 62-64 (site of 22 Rue du Bourg l’Abbé)

64-66 Boulevard Sebastopol is the location of the Lepage Frères arms depot, before 1854 it was 22 Rue du Bourg-l’Abbé. The warehouse was pillaged by a few hundred men from the secret Seasons Club set up by Blanqui and Barbès for weapons and ammunition on May 12 1839. Many carried three or four pistols and rifles out with them. .

The Lepage Brother’s gun shop in the 1830s just round the corner from their store room in the now disappeared road Bourg-l’Abbé

In 1854 the boulevard was initially built as part of Haussman’s redesign of Paris as the Boulevard du Centre. It was then quickly renamed Sebastopol after a year-long seige finally ended in the successful storming of Sebastopol on September 8 1855 by a joint Franco-British force during the otherwise disastrous Crimea War.

The site of the Lepage Frère armoury at 22 rue du Bourg de ‘Abbb , now 62-64 Boulevard ~Sebastopol