Defending Bellecombe Village


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The Fortified Village

The village was circled by a wall that started from the castle. Remnants can still be seen to the West and South. 2 fortified gates were giving access to the village. No wall walk or crenels were mentioned.

The wall was called "vingtain" (literally, twentieth in English) as it was built and maintained through a tax paid by the inhabitants. This tax was equal to one twentieth of their revenues.

The Gate of the Village

Located South, this gate was simply defended with a hoarding.

The Gate of Cernon

This second gate was giving way to the creek called Cernon and its numerous mills.


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