Nontron is in the Northern Dordogne in the area known as Perigord Vert or Green Perigord so named for its rolling green fields and lush countryside. The town sits in the middle of the beautiful Perigord-Limousin Regional National Park and is surround by natural beauty. Set high the town has some excellent views over the valley of Bandiat. Nontron is a sub-prefecture for the Northern Dordogne and the official centre.
This now peaceful town has a long and tumultuous history. First settled in the 1100’s it has been sacked many times over the years including by the Saracens in the 7th century and the Normans in the 9th century.
Nontron has a number of interesting buildings to see with the main part of the town set around a large square.
Nontron is well known for its knife making the methods and techniques of which have remained virtually unchanged since the fifteenth century. The workshop where they are hand made by local craftsman is the oldest continually running cutlery forged in France.
Things to See and Do in Nontron
Columbage (half-timbered) Buildings On rue Picaud or the rue des Ecoles
Rampart Reamins On rue de Perigueux
Renaissance Buildings The best example being the Hotel d’Albret on the Rue Camille-Chabaneau which was built for the great – great grandfather of Henry IV.