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A walk through the village of Montclar reveals :

     
  • An 11th century castle.
     
  • A 12th century market hall.
     
  • Houses with old wooden balconies and stone pillars rising from first floor terraces.
 
     
  • St Theresa of Montclar Chapel
     
 

A sign-posted (yellow) hiking trail of 8km (approx. 2hrs 40mins) takes one through the tranquil and beautiful surrounding countryside; the walk takes one through the hamlet of St Georges, passed its church and spring and introduces one to its legends... . Maps available at the Town Hall and various shops.

A Brief History
Montclar (11th - 18th century) is no ordinary village. It used to reign over ten parishes stretching from St Laurent des Batons to Montagnac la Crempse. The village is suffused with history and the stones tell the story themselves.

Large fairs and markets attract traders, buyers, farmers and silver-tongued salesmen...
Montclar has always been inhabited by lawyers and other members of the legal profession, by doctors, tradesmen and shopkeepers and, consequently, the village and its surroundings are notable for their lack of big, old farms. The ground floor of the large houses, fortifications of a kind, served as workshop, shop and depot.

     
   

Don’t waste time looking for the church - there has never been one. The hamlet of St Georges, a little further away, has the church, built on the site of a Gallo-Roman religious edifice.

     

Montclar used, however, to have a chapel within the castle walls although recent excavations have yet to find any trace of it. It was called St Macaire’s Chapel.

In 1960 an old building near the château, in what is now the Rue du Castello, was renovated and turned into St Theresa’s Chapel.

A restored building which today provides HLM council housing was once the site of the village communal or ‘banal’ oven, although now the only evidence of its existence is to be found in documents.

A smithy situated near the Caudeau stream fashioned much of the raw material (cast iron, iron) coming from the central Périgourdin forges.

Montclar has a strong literary heritage thanks, over the centuries, to the presence of such illustrious authors as Rabelais, Montaigne, La Roche Foucault and, more recently, Catherine Pozzi and Paul Valérie. Recent cultural events borrow from this tradition.
In 1999 Montclar hosted a conference entitled :
From Rabelais to Montaigne with the Estissac in Périgord.
Presided over by : Bernard Lesfargues
Speakers included :
Mme Madeleine Lazard, Emeritus professor of the Sorbonne.
Mme Anne Marie Cocular, President of Bordeaux 3 University.