Its name comes from the Gaulish berge meaning the edge of a path or the German berg meaning height and groie which is a brown limestone earth. The lordship was mentioned for the first time in 1244 and was attached to that of Prahecq, then to the marquisate of Fors until 1611. In 1791, the parish came under the canton of Prahecq. One of its first lords was Aubert de Poilevoisin, support of Hugues de Lusignan during the conflict opposing him to St Louis in 1242, which led to the temporary confiscation of his lands. In 1775, there were around twenty estates, a windmill and a stud farm. The old buildings, mainly made up of farms, today bear witness to the agricultural past of the town.

To see: Ste-Marie-Madeleine church, Pré Palet (dolmen slab), town hall-school, Monument Year 2000, Clan St-Martin (pond), Pointe de l'Ether, Ouchelines site and Leaf walking path.


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