Episode 87- French street names in a little village in the Languedoc

renovation, restoration, appellation

We have a number of ancient street names here in Campagne-sur-Aude. Perhaps because this is a backwater frozen in time, we seem to have avoided the mass renaming of streets that occurred following the French Revolution. The history of the village is in these ancient walkways and names. Above-header- “Promenade du Chateau Fort”- is the circular walk around the fortified chateau/church in the heart of the village. This was the moat a few hundred years ago.20140727_174656

Left- Rue de la Radellerie-“rafting street”-runs down to the banks of river Aude and  presumable is the spot where the rafters launched. We think the river was much higher years ago before  the   dam was built upstream at Quillan20140727_175128




Right Rue du Pountet -“Little bridge ” street in the Occitan language, also leads down to the river and the site possibly of another, older bridge.

Left- Rue d’Occitanie-“Occitanie” being the region where the Occitan languages are spoken. Note the strong yellow render, one of our builder’s favourite shades on one of his house renovation projects!20140727_17501520140727_175012







Right above- Place des Templiers-

“Square of the Templars”. And finally, below, we have a relatively recent  street name ( only  a couple of centuries old)-Rue de la Republique-DSC00061


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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