bastide of Beaumont du Périgord was founded,
in the name of Edward I of England, by Lucas de Thaney,
Seneschal of Guyenne. Its rectangular town plan is at odds
with its stylistically very French squares. Philip the Hardy
was on the French throne at the time. In 1277 Edward conceded
a charter to the inhabitants of the bastide. During the
Hundred Years War Beaumont du Périgord remained in English
hands until, in 1442, the Viscount of Turenne, Charles VII of
France’s lieutenant, restored it to the French. Edward I’s
charter, however, was ratified in 1461 by Louis XI of France.
A defensive gateway and parts of the village walls date from
this era (Lusier’s Gate and house fronts in the Rue Féliciane).
Might another community have existedon the same spot before
1272 ? Perhaps at Belpech where remains of a 10th century
chapel (Belpech chapel) have been excavated.
Over the centuries Beaumont du Périgord was transformed,
thanks in part to its millers (19 mills on the river Couze)
and blacksmiths (stone, iron, chalk deposits), and provides
fine examples of architecture dating from the 13th to 19th
centuries (Robert House, the retirement home, Dr Pampouille
Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).