In Roman times, Troyes, sitting at the cross roads of trade routes north-south and east west. was a supply depot and garrison town. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it pospered as a trading point and became a fortified town capable of definding itself against attack. It the middles ages, it became the capital of Champagne the province, a role that it held until the Revolution. The 19th century saw the development of the textile industry in the town. As elsewhere in Europe, the industry fell into decline after the second world war and today the town has found a new life as a tourist destination and the third town of Champagne the wine. The champagne vineyards of the Cotes des Bar lie to the south east and the villages of Les Riceys and the border with Burgundy’s Cote d’Or due south.
Tutor: Sandy Leckie