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Born des Champs Spring (near the church)

 

Cugnac Château (private property)

Cugnac château stands a little to the west of the confluence of the two streams, Bournège and Serve.
In the « Illustrated Périgord » Father Audierne described it thus :
« The château and its towers, battlements, draw-bridge, armoury, parapet and vast stables... »

The picture is today almost complete.
Around 1272 Cugnac château was owned by Marguerite de Rudel, known as Turenne. (According to the Historical Society of Périgord).

Following is an extract from this journal :
« The lands and possessions of Marguerite de Rudel known as Turenne, Seigneur of Bergerac and Genciac, touched the bastide of Beaumont to the west.
Marguerite led an eventful life. She was first married to Renaud III de Pons, widowed in 1272 and married in 1273 to Alexander of Pebrée. During this period she was in conflict with her suzerain, the Duke of Aquitaine, King of England : she had complained of being dispossessed of her lands and property at Bayac and of the damage that had been done to Cugnac château by the English. On being ignored she had appealed instead to the King of France for her loss of revenue. In revenge the King of England had seized Cugnac château to punish his rival.
However, thanks to her marriage and to the services rendered by her husband to the King of England to whom he owed allegiance, Marguerite withdrew her appeal to Parliament and, consequently, the king returned her château. »


Cose Standing Stones
Cose Standing Stones stand on the crest of a north-facing clay-flint hillside to the north of Cugnac forest and about 300m east of Cugnac Château. They are circled by a few slender oaks. The hill is dotted with fragments of millstone grit.
The standing stones, whose size can be only imprecisely measured, are built entirely of millstone grit and consist of six stones including the roof (made of one single stone) which is still in place but which has caused the complete subsidence of the remaining five (the longest of which is approximately 2m30.) The western side is made of two stones which now lean towards the east, the northern stone tips to the south and, consequently, it is difficult to appreciate the size and scale of the stones. The sunken roof stone is horizontal and at its thickest point measures approximately 1m10, at its longest (north-west / south-east) 4m40 and at its widest, 3m10.
According to Father Audierne, « There is no doubt about what these tables were used for. The Gauls offered sacrifices at these monuments which were their alters, they proclaimed and raised their leaders on them, and they buried druids at the foot of the them, all of which explains the human bones found during archaeological excavations. »


Stacked Houses
The old timber, stacked houses are typical of the region and date from the 16th or 17th century.


Annual Events
Larocal Forest Festival. Big fireworks display. Third Sunday of the month of July.