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. BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COMMUNE

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The origin of the village of Cocumont is attributed to the old church (la Vieille église), an 11th century Romanesque church, but the existence of Carolingian tombs in the cemetery bears witness to the presence of man from a much earlier period. Does the spread of the vineyards in the Garonne valley between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD perhaps establish the time of the first settlement here?

In the Middle Ages, monks from the abbey of Conques built this church at "Coculo Monte" on the ruins of a primitive temple. All around it a vineyard prospered and houses were built, but it was a kilometre and a half away that the main village developed, doubtless thanks to the existence of communication routes to the Garonne and the presence of springs…

In 1255 Prince Edward (the future King Edward I of England) granted to the men of Cocumont the right to erect fortifications and also a confirmation of their liberties and customs.

Later, in 1560, Francis I granted the right to "hold fairs and markets" in the village square. Throughout the Middle Ages Cocumont sent its agricultural products (wine, cereals, brandy…) from the Garonne at Couthures to the port of Bordeaux.

It was just after the French Revolution that the commune of Cocumont was created. It brought together the parishes of Cocumont, the Vieille Église, Briolet, St Sylvestre and Goutx. In 1854, the territory of the commune was enlarged (the hamlet of Choy) to reach its final extent.

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In the last century, the wine-producing nature of the commune was confirmed. The Cave de Cocumont (wine cooperative) was created in 1957. The vineyards in the commune were developed and restructured to improve quality. The Côtes du Marmandais entered the prestigious family of the AOC (Appellation d’origine contrôlée) on the 2nd April 1990.



Today Cocumont is a pleasant commune in which it is good to live. Set in its distinctive landscape it offers its inhabitants numerous services and benefits, and has a real social, business and commercial dynamism.







 

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