The wash-houses of the Périgord are a discreet part of our local heritage, a historic link between man and water, and important places for socialising.
We invite you to discover some of them during your stay.
What were the wash-houses used for?
The creation of the laundries under Napoleon III was the result of a collective awareness of the need to protect the environment. the importance of public health and basic hygiene principles: cholera, smallpox and typhoid plagued the 19th century. For eliminate the risk of infection, Water became the object of increased attention, and its purity an imperative. The laundries that remained in use until the first half of the 20th century had an important role to play. social function. They were rare places where women could meet and discussjoking and singing. In the past, there was at least one wash-house in each village, and it was possible to estimate the number of wash-houses at the time. the importance of a village the number of washhouses it owned.
Some washhouses to admire
- Auriac du Périgord
- Les Eyzies
- Le Bugue
Lavoirs listed as part of the heritage of Périgord Noir
The Moustier wash-house
Our undisputed favourite. After crossing a small bridge, you'll arrive in a romantic spot of greenery, surrounded by flowers, rushes, dragonflies and the sound of water.
Old wash-house at Saint-Amand-de-Coly
This is a private property and is no longer in use. Nevertheless, it is interesting because it was built in the second half of the 19th century at the same time as the moulin de la Filolie. So it's a whole system of water management, between the mill, the washhouse and the pond below.
The Lauterie wash-house at Les Farges
This is an old wash-house, possibly dating back to the 18th century, and the access road to it appears on the 1812 land register. There is an old fountain nearby.