View of Lecques from the south
|Intercommunality||Pays de Sommières|
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Yves Bez|
|Area1||5.2 km2 (2.0 sq mi)|
|• Density||71/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||30144 /30250|
|Elevation||26–111 m (85–364 ft)
(avg. 50 m or 160 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It is built on rising ground, on the west bank of the River Vidourle, 6 km (3.7 mi) to the north and upstream of Sommières. The village centre is on a rocky outcrop that overhangs the bank of the river. Steps lead down to the bridge. Its elevation means it is protected from the 'vidourlades' or violent floods, for example, that of 9 September 2002. There are remains of the ramparts, the narrow medieval streets and a church.
The name 'Lecques' comes from the Celtic word 'leucas', meaning a settlement by a marker post on an ancient track.
- Interpretation board erected by the Intercommunality
- Interpretation board erected by the Syndicat interdepartmental d'Aménagement du Vidoule
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