Molières over the centuries
It is usually said that Molières was founded in 1284 by Jean de Grailly, seneschal to Edward I, King of England. But obviously, people lived in Molières long before the foundation of the Bastide.
- Just think of the prehistoric cave of Cussac, which is located on the northern slope of the Bélingou, the stream which separates us from the neighbouring village of Le-Buisson-de-Cadouin, to understand that our region was most certainly already inhabited in prehistoric times. You can read more about it on our page about prehistory in the Périgord (FR).
- The hamlet of Aillac already existed in 1120. An abbey was established there by the monks of Cadouin and a church was built in 1140.
- Before the foundation of the bastide, a parish, “Saint Jean de Molières”, existed in the 12th century to the north of the village, near todays cemetery.
Our aim is not to make a scientific study of the history of our village. Our objective is to give you the motivation to discover it and the keys to understand it.
A text written in 1984 on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the foundation of the Bastide by Claire Veaux, history teacher, native of Molières and passionate about its history.
The 20th century still seems so close, and yet our collective memory is rapidly being lost. A small compilation to help us to remind.