Maurens is a
small town located between Bergerac and Villamblard. Its surface
area is 22.5 hectares, and there are
((official population on January 1, 2017)).
A small stream called “The Maurens” crosses the town from north
to south. Its source is at “Bayard”, very near the Pointed Rock
(Rocher Pointu) trail.
The commune is divided into two quite distinct geographic areas.
To the north, the Landais Forest with sandy soil, and to the
south, a rolling, limestone landscape.
Its main resources used to be the extraction of stone used for
building, and agriculture. The quarries were gradually
transformed into mushroom beds, which, unfortunately, are no
longer exploited at this time.
There are several points of interest at Maurens, such as the
Lacoste menhir (or Pointed Rock, Rocher Pointu), whose origin is
unknown. There are a number of shelters, or underground chambers,
carved by the hand of man There are also buildings of different
kinds (strong houses or English houses, towers, middle-class
houses, remains of supposed castles...) and tracks of the train
that used to connect Bergerac and Mussidan.
Numerous springs provide water to the small valleys, notably the
Ladoux, which provides drinking water for 10 towns.
Saint-Eutrope church, which dominates the town, watches over the
townspeople’s many activities: a school with 120 pupils, the
rich community life (bicycling, mountain biking, football,
theatre, gym…), the comings and goings of the inhabitants who
visit the local stores.
Photos of Maurens Yesterday and Today :
Plan of the village :
Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).