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entrance point. The guards inhabiting the tower used to enter using a ladder which was drawn up to prevent intrusion. Then there’s ‘La Tour du Guet’ a watch tower, which overlooks the valley below. The 13th century monastery of the ‘Frères Prêcheurs’ is now the town hall, and the church Église NotreDame de Montcuq was partly built in the 13th century although much of it dates from the 15th Also, in the 15th century the beautiful covered market place was constructed. If you look closely you can see a pillory chain attached to one of the pillars. This was placed around the necks of those judged miscreants and who were retained for a few days punishment. The rather interestingly named Hotel Bontemps dates from the 12th century but was greatly renovated in the 1520s giving it a somewhat Italian Renaissance style façade. An Englishman lived in the house during the time of the Hundred Years War. Thomas Bontemps was immortalised as his name (albeit not terribly English sounding) has remained. There is a selection of possible places to eat in the town and some interesting shops to browse. For knife lovers (and knife production has a traditional base in the Périgord) there’s a very interesting knife shop, L’Âme de Thiers in Place d’Armes. Don’t forget that every Saturday morning a market is held; providing an opportunity to see (and try) all that is growing in the surrounding countryside. Tourist Office: otdordognebessede@gmail.com; www.perigordnoir-valleedordogne.com

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STOP PRESS Antic Disposition’s performance of Much Ado About Nothing will be coming to Belvès on 9th August. See. P. 50

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