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The Commune

Four kilometres from Bergerac, the commune of Lembras stretches along the N21 national road. By virtue of its location it is easy for locals to work in town, and Lembras’ proximity to the main local centre of employment - Bergerac - accounts for its increasingly residential character. However, its population of 1221* is well provided for by local shops and services.

     

Lembras has a surface area of 1059 hectares which is bordered by the Caudeau Valley to the south and which stretches out to a heavily forested and undulating plateau to the north-east. This is an agricultural commune with a predominance of ‘appellation contrôlée’ vineyards (Bergerac and Pécharmant).

Map of the commune

 

Lembras’ logo was created in 1992 using dominant Lembras motifs : the 17th century church, the vineyards and forests and the two rivers - the Caudeau and the Vergt - which irrigate the land.

A Brief History
The name ‘Lembras’ (Grangia de Lembraco) appears for the first time in a 12th century terrier (a terrier being a register of the members of a diocese).

 

The Order of the Hospitalers of St John of Jerusalem - later to become the Order of Malta - placed Lembras under the protection of St John the Baptist and built a fortress at Ribeyrie.
The three-walled castle was built in 1113 with, at its prow, the Cyrano tower which stands to this day. Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine, had the fortress destroyed c.1198 but the tower still stands as evidence of the commune’s distant past at the Queyssac-Greloux crossroads.

Merovingian tombs have also been discovered in the same sector of La Ribeyrie.

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(official population on January 1, 2017)

Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).