LAURENS Past and Present


Laurens is a charming medieval village in Hérault in the Languedoc Roussillon region of France. It is one of the main wine-producing villages of the outstanding 'Faugères' region and is typical of the small villages in this area. It is a 'working' village with a large number of villagers being involved in wine production. Inhabitants of Laurens are called Laurentiens.

We are lucky that France had a very 'active' picture postcard industry from around 1900 to the end of the First World War. During these few years many village scenes were photographed for the postcard industry.

This is a history of the village of Laurens in pictures and maps

We have gathered together some of these photographs and placed them alongside other photos taken of the village so they can be compared side-by-side.

Mapping from Google Maps and information on older maps are also included.

For people visiting the village there is a quiz on the 'visitors guide' page to get you looking around the village. Enjoy your visit.

Aerial view of Laurens circa 1950

All the images can be expanded by clicking on them. Please begin with this image which is an aerial view of the main crossroads in the village circa 1950.















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