To tell the story of Liorac has always been an old dream of mine.
I have been gathering documents from books, public records or private collections for a while now
and I’d like to share my moving, and sometimes funny, discoveries.
I chose to do so through a website, which I guess will always be under construction because I don’t think I can ever
pretend to be finished. I know this first version is a bit rough sometimes – I am not a professional – and often incomplete,
but I hope you will enjoy it.
If you would like to be part of this big undertaking, I am happy to include any
document, photograph, testimony or memory you can send me.

The site is organised by topics, which appear in the horizontal menu at the top of the page.
Click on the words to get to the corresponding page.
Each topic contains several sections, not all of which are filled in yet (I am working on that!).

First off, the Village and its surroundings. In there you will find some old maps, particularly the map of Belleyme at the
end of the XVIIIth century, the Napoleon-era land register, the current land register and some more modern charts. Careful
toponomical analysis of these maps can reveal how the names of localities evolved over time. You’ll also find information
on the river Louyre, the mills, the surrounding castles and beautiful historic houses around Liorac.

The second heading is about the Church, which rightfully deserves its own section.
and a depiction of the time when citizens, nobles or not, were entombed in the church.

Under the heading ”Tales from the village” you’ll find a collection of tales and anecdotes of different ages from Liorac.

The next heading is dedicated to the Inhabitants of Liorac. As in many villages in Dordogne, its population has been
decreasing for decades because of the wars, and particularly the recent move towards urban centres. Will the recent
increase in popularity of the Perigord region change that trend? In the subheading you will find out more about those
citizens who played a central role in Liorac such as mayors, priests and teachers.

Under the heading “Testimonies” you will discover some of the traditions of the village, such as the grape harvest
festival, the Midsummer's Day celebrations, the ball and the Liorac festival. Some tragic and happy events that have
occurred in the village are also recorded here. If you would like to share your own stories and memories of Liorac, please contact me.

Finally, under the last heading you will find Photographs of the village and the surrounding areas, as well as some older
photos and postcards ... have you got any stuffed somewhere in your attic?

For all, and with all, let us try to recapture the past of Liorac.
Before we get started, I would like to dedicate this work to my dad, Jean, who loved this village very much.
Enjoy your visit
Marie-France Castang-Coutou

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