Secret history of French villages: Village des Bories

True story of the farmers’ stone houses of Bories...This month we explore the real, hard-life history behind the very pastoral stone huts built by peasant farmers in the Vaucluse

The Village des Bories, close to Gordes in the Vaucluse, is made up of around 20 dry stone buildings which were lived in by peasant farmers for part of the year up to the 19th century when rural populations left for the towns.

It is rare to have so many dry stone huts so close together, and the deserted hamlet is now open to the public as a tourist attraction.

There are 15 small huts, no doubt used for storage, and five bigger constructions which would ...

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